Verizon extends local footprint to six more Australian cities

Further expansion planned later this year

Verizon Business today announced it has expanded availability of its VoIP portfolio to the Australian market.

Verizon IP Integrated Access and Hosted IP Centrex is now available to customers in six Australian cities.

The offerings allow customers to transition voice and data services to a single IP platform.

IP Integrated Access consolidates voice and data traffic over a single IP network while keeping the traditional PBX (private branch exchange) in place.

Meanshile, Hosted IP Centrex is a scalable VoIP service delivered from a hosted platform with SLAs and is ideal for customers moving to a new location or replacing an outdated PBX system.

The company's vice president of international marketing, John Irvine, said the offerings allow customers to move to a converged communications environment on a global basis, but at their own pace and in line with their own business objectives.

"In this converged IP environment, VoIP can work in harmony with other IP-based tools such as conferencing and Instant Messaging to enhance business collaboration and performance," he said.

Verizon's sales and service vice president for the Asia Pacific, Andrew Dobbins, said the company is expanding the availability of its VoIP portfolio throughout the region in coming months.

Mayur Sahni, an analyst with research firm, Current Analysis, said the expansion strengthens Verizon's competitive position in the local market.

Sahni said Verizon is planning to launch more products in the region in coming months in six new Australian locations.

Verizon VoIP is now available in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

The company plans to expand to six additional Australian cities including Geelong, the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Penrith, Townsville and Wollongong in mid 2007, followed by the Australian rollout of Verizon Managed IP PBX and Verizon IP Trunking.

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