Phybridge and SaskTel Team Up to Eliminate Network Barriers for IP Telephony and Unified Communications Migration

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Allowing businesses to easily modernize their communications platform gaining the unified communications benefits offered.

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The Phybridge and SaskTel partnership will allow organizations to enjoy the benefits of the IBC offering on a robust platform sure to deliver a great user experience.

Phybridge Inc., a provider of innovative voice over IP solutions infrastructure, announced today its strategic partnership with SaskTel in a joint effort to bring hosted voice solutions to the businesses of Saskatchewan. SaskTels’ Integrated Business Communications (IBC) platform is a game changing cross-platform application that offers users a hosted IP unified communications solution with improved communication and collaboration tools. The objective of IBC is to offer an end-to-end solution to business that allows businesses to easily modernize their communications platform gaining the unified communications benefits offered.

Critical to this capability is incorporating the Phybridge PoLRE switch as part of the IBC offering. The award winning Phybridge PoLRE switches deliver Ethernet and Power over a single pair of wire with four times the reach of traditional Ethernet switches, allowing customers to transform their existing voice infrastructure into an IP network with power. The migration to SaskTel’s Integrated Business Communications (IBC) offering is quick, easy and non-disruptive thanks to the PoLRE switch innovation.

“Before Phybridge, local area network requirements to support an IP Telephony migration were too great a barrier. Customers want quality of service, voice continuity, and a converged network that is highly secure and easy to manage. SaskTel wants to deliver a complete solution that is robust and reliable for customers without any dependencies on a third party partner to provide the network to support their IP migration while reducing complexity,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “The Phybridge switch innovation delivers on both: a quick and easy way to optimize the LAN for voice and data convergence, and an end-to-end offering partners can have confidence in.”

“By offering extremely reliable and scalable solutions that are easy to install and use, SaskTel can help customers to migrate organizations of any size. The Phybridge solution makes the migration to Hosted IP Telephony quick and easy,” said John Croce, CEO at Phybridge. “The Phybridge and SaskTel partnership will allow organizations to enjoy the benefits of the IBC offering on a robust platform sure to deliver a great user experience.”

ABOUT SASKTEL
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 618,000 wireless accesses, 437,000 wireline network accesses, 258,000 Internet accesses and 103,000 maxTV subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, security monitoring, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at http://www.sasktel.com.

ABOUT PHYBRIDGE
Phybridge is the leader in PoLRE (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch technology. Phybridge was the first company to introduce switch technology that delivers Ethernet and PoE over a single pair of wire with four times the reach of traditional switches. Phybridge long reach Ethernet switches are the standard against which others are measured. Phybridge is dedicated to "practical innovation." Bringing solutions to market that are technologically advanced as well as practical for the end-user is Phybridge number one priority. Phybridge innovations address market long reach PoE and Ethernet needs. The award winning UniPhyer and PoLRE switches leverage a single pair of UTP cable and the CLEER and EC switch leverages coax cable to deliver PoLRE technology. With over 400,000 users globally using Phybridge switches, and a 100% customer satisfaction rate, Phybridge is quickly creating a new standard in power over long reach Ethernet capabilities. Visit http://www.phybridge.com for more information.

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