Level 3 Enhances SIP Portfolio

SIP Trunking Features Designed to Smooth UC Deployments

Level 3 has unveiled its "Voice Complete" solution that leverages new SIP capabilities.  The company’s  new SIP-based (session initiation protocol) platform is designed to streamline voice networks and emerging unified communications applications for enterprise users.

Level 3's Voice Complete portfolio of SIP enabled voice capabilities include built-in options for disaster recovery, emergency 911 and the ability to connect legacy TDM office sites more easily without  the need for equipment upgrades. Other features include:

•A fully native PRI-handoff option, allowing customers to receive a SIP handoff directly to a TDM PBX without the need to purchase or configure additional equipment.

•Geographically independent telephone numbers, simplifying the management of telephone numbers across mobile workforces and providing virtual presence.

•A combination of dedicated long distance and local services, SIP services and ISDN-PRI (integrated services digital network) services.

Commenting is a statement, Cindy Whelan, Principal Analyst at Current Analysis said,  "The opportunity to simplify the management of their voice network and achieve greater efficiencies are driving enterprises to adopt SIP-based voice services. Level 3's Voice Complete solutions offer enterprises a flexible and cost-effective migration path to an all-SIP platform, which is now further enhanced by a unique combination of features such as geographic independent telephone numbers and the ability to connect to legacy equipment without an upgrade requirement."

In separate news, Oracle recently released a case study detailing how its internal use of SIP trunks has provided the company with notable savings.  Oracle employs more than 122,000 workers in 500+ offices across the globe. By migrating to an end-to-end IP architecture and implementing SIP trunks, Oracle has consolidated and simplified its telephony infrastructure; significantly improved scalability, service agility, and reliability.

Oracle acquired Acme Packet earlier this year so not surprisingly, the Oracle solution includes Acme Packet session border controllers alongside a hybrid public / private architecture.  This case study shows how they saved millions -- while also growing network capacity to meet increased demands.  Details on Oracle’s SIP trunking deployment can be found here.  

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