Cisco Snares Global VIP Deal

Wholesale Internet telephony provider VIP Calling Inc. Monday tapped Cisco Systems Inc. as international
equipment supplier for its VIP Calling Network.


Terms of the alliance call for VIP Calling to purchase more than $10 million
in Cisco gateways and switches for voice and fax services.


Acting as a wholesale provider, VIP Calling carries voice and data traffic
between North America and its points of presence (POPs)overseas. By using
Cisco’s scalable end-to-end solutions, VIP will be able to handle increased
traffic from its North America and international partners.


Burlington, Mass.-based VIP Calling has gateway and switching facilities in
New York and Los Angeles, a network operations center in
Burlington, Mass., and high capacity POPs in Asia, the Middle East, Europe
and South America.


Cisco’s voice-over-IP enabled gateway products include the Cisco 2600,
Cisco 3600, Cisco AS5300 and the Cisco AccessPath VS3 system. The
Cisco AS5300 gateway is a high-performance H.323-compliant gateway
optimized for Internet telephony applications.


“Cisco is excited to team with an innovative Internet telephony trailblazer
like VIP Calling to demonstrate the validity of our voice-over-IP solutions
in a commercial, international wholesale service,” said Kevin Kennedy,
senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Service Provider Line
unit.


“As more and more carriers route an ever-greater proportion of their
voice and fax traffic using IP, they can depend on the Cisco/VIP Calling
relationship to deliver reliable, scalable voice-over-IP solutions,”
Kennedy said.


“VIP Calling was attracted to Cisco because of its undisputed position as
the leader in Internet data
transmission. Cisco’s commitment to develop voice switched technology makes
it the ideal partner for
realizing true integration between tandem switches and Internet telephony
gateways,” said Ofer Gneezy,
president and chief executive officer of VIP Calling. “Deploying an
end-to-end Cisco solution enables VIP Calling to continue rapid expansion
of its network traffic.”


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