San Jose, California – (The Hosting News) – August 24, 2006 – Web host and national provider of integrated voice and data communications firm, Covad Communications Group, Inc., has debuted a bundled voice and data offering for small-medium businesses (SMBs), including its ClearEdge Integrated Access and Cisco Unified CallManager Express.
The offering, announced at the 2006 Channel Partners Conference and Expo in Washington D.C., features a customer managed IP Communications service, based on Cisco Unified CallManager Express, and is built to scale as a SMB evolves. It is also designed to provide the foundation and applications SMBs need to improve operational efficiency, enhance customer relationships, and control costs. Features include auto attendant, night service bell, call logging, caller ID, call monitoring, call forwarding, call pickup, dual-line appearances, and hunt groups. The solution also provides SMBs with a solid foundation for the addition of advanced communications capabilities such as video telephony, rich-media conferencing, unified messaging and softphone integration.
Brian Blanton, Vice President of Business Administration for HIS Communications Services commented, ”Cisco Unified CallManager Express and Covad ClearEdge Integrated Access give small companies like ours a reliable, flexible voice-and-data service. Dynamic bandwidth allocation, enabled by Covad’s voice optimized access product, is also a significant benefit for our business. Voice calls are always prioritized over data traffic, so our call quality does not diminish when, for example, an email with a very large attachment comes through. If nobody is on the phone, then the entire circuit is available for the Internet, increasing access speed. And if we hire new people, we do not need to add circuits or make any other changes to our network. The combination of Cisco and Covad is the best for our business.”
Covad ClearEdge Integrated Access combines voice and data on a single, integrated connection to deliver voice over IP, broadband, email and web hosting services on one bill, serving to consolidate and offer the potential for a significant discount over the local phone company’s loosely coupled voice and data services. The service also features an optional Covad Integrated Access Dashboard, a web-accessible interface equipped with a full range of communication and productivity tools.
The Cisco Unified CallManager Express solution is embedded in the Cisco Internet Services Router that provides call processing for Cisco Unified IP phones. The Cisco Unified Communications solution is designed to deliver a comprehensive set of features commonly used by business customers, facilitating the deployment of a cost-effective and highly reliable unified communications solution for the SMB. Cisco Unified CallManager Express and integrated services routers for the solution will be sold, deployed and maintained by authorized Cisco and Covad partners.
Eric Weiss, Chief Marketing Officer for Covad, a member of the Cisco Powered Network program added, ”Together, Covad and Cisco provide big business communications for SMBs with a comprehensive, flexible, end-to-end voice and data solution that increases customer responsiveness and reduces operational costs. It also offers Covad and Cisco channel partners the opportunity to earn both up-front margins on Cisco equipment and ongoing commissions from Covad. This joint offering will increase our presence in the $30 billion small business communications market.”
Vic Northrup, Vice President of Service Provider Operations for Cisco offered, ”Covad’s customer focus led it to develop this offering specifically for SMBs that require smart, simple and secure communications services. This offering gives these businesses exactly what they need in a managed unified communications service — feature-rich call processing, integrated voicemail, and basic auto attendant, as well as advanced high-touch customer service applications, allowing them to get the best of both the hosted and the premise-based communications solution.”
A nationwide provider of integrated voice and data communications, Covad offers DSL, Voice Over IP, T1, web hosting, managed security, IP and dial-up, wireless broadband, and bundled voice and data services directly through Covad’s network and through Internet Service Providers, value-added resellers, telecommunications carriers and affinity groups to small and medium-sized businesses and home users. According to the company, as the first company to commercially deploy DSL in the United States, Covad has spent hundreds of millions of dollars building a network that passes more than 57 million homes and businesses in 44 states – the largest nationwide footprint of any DSL company. Covad broadband services are currently available across the nation in 235 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) which represent over 50 percent of all US homes and businesses. Corporate headquarters is located at 110 Rio Robles, San Jose, California 95134. Telephone: 1-888-GO-COVAD.
To learn more, please visit: www.covad.com.