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PortaOne's Platform Aimed at Helping Wholesale VoIP Providers

July 07, 2011
By Carrie Majewski (née Schmelkin), Director of Content Marketing, Content Boost

PortaOne’s (News - Alert) VoIP billing and subscriber management platform is getting a lot of use recently from European VoIP services provider Ifoon.

PortaOne, a global communications software company, makes its platform available to help others deliver an array of VoIP services to telecoms, businesses, wholesale VoIP providers and consumer end-users around the world.

"For our operator partners, the advantage we offer is the independence to run their businesses so that they are most attractive to their customers.  PortaSwitch allows us to do this," said Satya Mekala, CEO of Ifoon, in a statement. "Our partners can do routing and rating themselves.  Moreover, they can localize their businesses per country to address the needs of local residents, making them preferable over an unknown Internet entity."

Ifoon selected PortaSwitch because its VoIP offerings promise stability, scalability and the ability to customize services to local market needs, according to company officials.

"I have been in the telecom field for a long time, so I wrote a very clear description of what I wanted for Ifoon," added Mekala.  "PortaOne's platform was very close to the specifications.  Once I contacted and met some of PortaOne's customers and received very good feedback, the decision became very easy."

PortaOne's flagship product PortaSwitch is a premier telecommunications services and subscriber management platform made for telephony service providers that is capable of overseeing call control, routing, proxying, and converged VoIP billing functions. Through the platform, wholesale VoIP carriers and telecommunication service providers are able to better deliver a wide variety of business models quickly and flexibly.  

PortaSwitch consists of a real-time billing system, class 4/5 SIP softswitch, and media applications that deliver converged VoIP billing and provisioning, SIP call control, unified messaging, IP Centrex and hosted IP PBX (News - Alert), callback management, IVRs, conferencing and more.

"The way we use PortaSwitch is very interesting. The automatic provisioning system is securely connected to PortaSwitch, allowing the customer to order and receive services very easily," said Mekala. "We developed complete, real-time VoIP billing for callshops that works in tandem with PortaSwitch.  Customers from Denmark to Portugal are using it."

In related industry news, nationwide wholesale VoIP provider Alcazar Networks has some news it is eager to spread: finally, there is a low-cost local termination option for VoIP calls, thanks to Alcazar Networks.

Alcazar Networks has expanded its resume of services to now include wholesale local termination (outbound), an offering that promises to provider carriers with substantial cost savings as customers can terminate calls locally at roughly 50 percent of standard intrastate charges. Traffic may be originated anywhere, then handed to Alcazar Networks over a SIP handoff (dedicated facility or public Internet).

Alcazar Networks first began product testing about six months ago and is now excited about spreading the word about its latest offering.

Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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