|By Maureen O'Gara||
|April 21, 2010 10:00 AM EDT||
Alteva, Broadcore, Callis Communications, Consolidated Technologies Inc, IPFone, SimpleSignal, Stage 2 Networks and Telesphere have formed the Cloud Communications Alliance (CCA) to drive development and adoption of the first nation-wide high-definition enterprise voice and data network in the cloud.
The announcement came at the Fifth International Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York.
The consortium says the idea is to ensure flexible and manageable voice and unified communications solutions. The founders, all regional players, represent more than $100 million in combined annual revenues and collectively serve more than 110,000 business customers in the US.
Alteva CEO Bill Bumbernick said, "The Cloud Communications Alliance is not just about voice-over-IP, hosted PBX or unified communications. We're introducing an entirely new way to build, deploy and scale enterprise communications systems that provide HD voice services along with a platform of advanced apps and features that allow businesses to work in ways they never imagined."
CCA means to promote the cloud communications standard and drive its development through new technical standards, capabilities and applications. It will also jointly deliver services directly to customers.
Key collaboration points include nationwide peering with interconnected switches and gateways across the country to drive network efficiencies and provide optimal HD voice quality; convergent end devices; a common support infrastructure; instant-on features; joint product development; standardization on best-of-breed third-party platforms; an expanded network of remote field technicians; disaster recovery support; and shared best practices.
All eight founders use a software platform provided by BroadSoft for cloud-based or hosted IP multimedia communications such as hosted-IP private branch exchanges, video calling, unified communications, collaboration and converged mobile and fixed-line services. They have secured a URL at www.cloudcommunicationsalliance.com.
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