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VegaStream and StoneVoice Open World of Skype to Traditional PBX’s

Interoperability Brings Savings on International Call Costs and a Host of Value Added Telephony Features to Gateways

Bracknell, UK– 5th November 2007 - VegaStream, the industry leading developer of reliable, cost effective and easy to use IP gateways, has today announced successful interoperability with StoneVoice applications, enabling business gateway users to receive and make low cost Skype calls. Combining its media gateways with applications including Interactive Voice Response, Audio Conferencing and Skype, VegaStream is providing the full value of Unified Communications to traditional PBX’s.

"Business communications have evolved. Companies require a unified approach to their infrastructure and through the interoperability of StoneVoice’s next generation applications and our media gateways, resellers and service providers can leverage the opportunity to provide the value-add IP Telephony services that today’s end-users demand," comments Steve Davis, VP sales and marketing at VegaStream. "Integrating traditional PBX’s with Skype, SkypeIn, and SkypeOut via our gateways, the analogue business world can interconnect with the Skype community both simply and cost effectively."

Gateways provide a compelling migratory approach to IP, enabling the end-user to protect their existing communications investment whilst benefiting from immediate advantages of IP at a far lower cost and without any disruption. Now, the additional interoperability with StoneVoice applications increases the opportunity for resellers and service providers to introduce new margin opportunities with value-add solutions such as Skype that are of high value and low risk to both the channel and the end-user. Davis explains;

“Using VegaStream and Stonevoice, businesses can both simplify and enhance business telephony by accessing Skype. Providing connectivity for inbound and outbound calls between Skype accounts and office desk phones we can immediately allow all employees to take full advantage of Skype services without disruption or massive financial outlay. Customers can reduce call costs, and can use Skype as a competitive differentiator, for example, offering international customers local phone numbers for customer care, or providing a "click to talk with us for free" button on their own website."

When connecting existing customer voice equipment to IP networks, VegaStream gateways allow service providers to offer IP voice as part of its overall connectivity service package. The compatibility with StoneVoice now makes it simple for these partners to provide more feature-rich applications to suit their end-users requirements and increase the value of services. These applications include:

  • An efficient voicemail allowing management of messages through phone, email or web.
  • A complete IP Fax Server allowing users to send and receive faxes through web and email or directly printing from documents.
  • Advanced Audio Conferencing, scheduling via a web interface.
  • Connection to the Skype Network.

Using standard protocols such as SIP and H.323, VegaStream’s full range of IP Gateways -from its enterprise focussed Vega 5000 to the recently announced remote/branch office solution, Europa 50 -are interoperable with StoneVoice next generation applications.  

Davide Perfetti, Sales and Marketing Director of StoneVoice, comments on its new Skype service, Skystone, "SkyStone interconnects a telephony solution in the office to Skype. Add a Vegastream Gateway, and you have a compelling proposition that will enable any traditional PBX to access the "Skype World", a solution which is so attractive to today’s skype savvy end-user, it will enable our partners to leverage value-add services with existing and prospective customers alike."

Skystone is just one example of how VegaStream’s gateways enable entry into the rapidly growing market for Unified Communications services. Davis concludes, "The Stonevoice set of integrated applications add unique value-add features to VegaStream’s media gateways providing our channel partners additional revenue streams through access to an entirely new customer base, and additional service add-ons for existing customers."

About VegaStream
Established in 1998, VegaStream (www.vegastream.com) operates globally with sales and support centres in Europe, America and Asia-Pacific. VegaStream’s mission is to enable seamless interoperability between the wide and varied range of proprietary telephone systems and the new IP networks. The award winning Vega gateways are based on international communications standards including SIP and H.323 to deliver an open and non-proprietary VOIP solution that can integrate to existing communication investments.

About StoneVoice
Stonevoice (www.stonevoice.com ) is an Italian company created in 2001 for developing applications for Cisco IP Telephony. More than 100 partners across 19 countries have declared our success as the reference added value application developer for the Small & Medium Business and Mid Market.
Today the Stonevoice Application Suite integrated applications are capable of providing a IP Software Skype Gateway Solution, a Unified Messaging Solution (including Fax capabilities), a Contact Centre for SMB, a Billing Solution and other products fundamental in IP Communications environment.

For Further Information Contact:
David Rowlands/ Jen Manning
Cohesive Communications
T: 01291 626200

E: vegastream@cohesive.uk.com

 

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