Optimum Voice SIP Trunking Now Certified With Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series For Small Businesses

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Provides Cost-Effective and Reliable Voice Communications, Simple Installation and Management; and Improved Quality Over Traditional T-1 Solutions

We are pleased to integrate Optimum Voice SIP Trunking with Cisco, who shares a commitment to delivering the small business community competitive solutions to help grow their businesses.

Optimum Business today announced that its Optimum Voice SIP Trunking service is now certified with the Cisco® Unified Communications 500 Series for small businesses. The pre-certified solution delivers an efficient way to make communications more flexible and cost-effective than traditional T-1 solutions by simplifying the configuration, reducing equipment costs and improving the quality of voice service.

Cisco joins a growing list of technology partners working with Optimum Business to enable an affordable, easy-to-manage communications system for small businesses. Optimum Voice SIP Trunking delivers a high-quality, reliable voice service to small businesses through a converged voice and data network that can scale for up to 100 employees. The service is designed for customers that want to take full advantage of a small business IP PBX system, while avoiding the cost of analog gateway and traditional T-1 solutions.

“Optimum Voice SIP Trunking has a tremendous commercial advantage for small and medium businesses,” said Joseph Varello, Cablevision's vice president of business and voice product management. “Most importantly, our customers can achieve enterprise-level capabilities at a low cost while improving the quality and reliability of voice services. We are pleased to integrate Optimum Voice SIP Trunking with Cisco, who shares a commitment to delivering the small business community competitive solutions to help grow their businesses.”

The Cisco UC500 system supports up to 130 users in flexible deployment models, a wide array of IP phone models, public switched telephone network (PSTN) interfaces and Internet connectivity with security services. It eliminates the need for multiple servers and combines voice, data, video, security, and wireless capabilities while integrating with existing desktop applications such as calendar, email, and customer relationship management (CRM) programs. Compatibility testing is designed to determine interoperability in most customary configurations.
“Small and medium-sized businesses are realizing that the use of Internet Protocol is very efficient and the Cisco Unified Communications 500 system for small businesses capitalizes on this for quick and easy deployment, improved utilization of network capacity, economical direct inward dialing and business continuity, all of which Optimum Business customers can now enjoy,” said Mark Monday, vice president and general manager, Small Business Technology Group, for Cisco. “These key features will continue to push SIP Trunking service to the forefront for small and medium businesses. We have also integrated Optimum Voice SIP Trunking into the drop down configuration menu of the Cisco UC500 system to make it a one-click process for small businesses deploying the integrated system for added simplicity.”

Key features of Optimum Voice SIP Trunking include:

  •     Capacity for 100 Direct Inward Dial (DID) Telephone Numbers – Supports businesses that need up 24 simultaneous call sessions and up to 100 individual phone numbers.
  •     Immediate ‘Alternate Call Routing’ – Businesses are able to specify an alternate phone number in the event that an equipment problem is detected, with calls automatically re-routed to ensure business continuity.
  •     Flexible Service Adjustments As Needed – Small business customers have the ability for dynamic upgrade of service by simply calling the Optimum Business Service department.
  •     Unlimited Calling & Advanced Calling Features For One Low Flat Monthly Price – Businesses receive unlimited all-distance calling and simple pricing with no incremental fees or per minute usage extra charges. Features include: Caller-ID, White Pages Listing, E911, Call Forwarding, Anonymous Call Blocking and Anonymous Calling.
  •     Call Admission Control – Businesses are able to specify the number of call paths for inbound and outbound features.

With unbeatable flat-rate value pricing, Optimum Voice SIP Trunking offers significant savings over traditional T-1 solutions. Specifically, each simultaneous inbound/outbound call session is priced at $29.95 per month, and business customers can select to purchase anywhere from four to 24 sessions. The first block of 10 DIDs is included. Up to 90 additional DIDs are available per customer and are sold in blocks of 10 for $1.95 per block, per month. The flat rate calling area includes the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. SIP Trunking is exclusive to Optimum Online customers and is available for $29.95 per month for the first year.

Optimum Voice SIP Trunking is available through Optimum Business as well as approved third-party resellers in the New York Metropolitan Area. The complete list of partners and configuration guides are available online at http://www.optimumbusiness.com/sip.

About Cablevision
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation's leading media and telecommunications companies. Its cable television operations provide a full suite of advanced communications services that include iO TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, and Optimum Voice® digital voice, all over state-of-the-art cable systems that pass nearly 6 million households and businesses across the New York tri-state area and throughout four Western states. Cablevision’s telecommunications properties also include its Optimum WiFi® wireless Internet, and its Optimum Lightpath® integrated business communications solutions. Cablevision serves the New York area with compelling local content through News 12 Networks, a local news leader; MSG Varsity, a suite of television and online services covering high school activities; and, Newsday Media Group, a business unit that includes Newsday, Long Island's leading daily newspaper, and amNewYork, the nation's most widely circulated free daily serving New York City. The company also owns and operates Clearview Cinemas throughout the New York tri-state area including the famed Ziegfeld Theatre, a frequent and historic venue for film premieres and events. Additional information about Cablevision is available on the Web at http://www.cablevision.com.


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