Westcon and iHub Bring Hosted IP Services to Reseller Community
London 10th April 2008: iHub, the hosted communications provider, and Westcon Group, the leading value-added distributor of convergence, security and mobility solutions, announced that Westcon will be offering 4SureConnections, a hosted telecommunications solution. 4SureConnections is a white label platform solution enabling Westcon resellers to provide hosted services—helping increase their overall value proposition to end-users and allowing them to benefit from predictable annuity revenues.
4SureConnections, which will be available through a dedicated Westcon program to be unveiled next month, is a highly scaleable hosted IP service tailored for SMEs, providing access to carrier grade and corporate functionality at a lesser cost than traditional PBX solutions. Gartner research forecasts the market for hosted solutions will increase within the SME sector, estimating that currently only 4% of the UK SME market has hosted IP in place.
Through its Westcon Security practice, Westcon has significant expertise in delivering managed services in areas such as anti-virus protection and email scanning. By offering iHub solutions, Westcon is able to scale its ability to deliver managed services to the data and voice-oriented reseller community. The iHub powered solution provides the flexibility and advanced features of IP with the scaleable and robust features of traditional fixed line telephony. The 4SureConnections platform supports multimedia conferencing, collaboration, remote access, Outlook integration and disaster recovery.
Simon Thompson, European Services Director of Westcon UK, commented: “As opportunities in managed services continue to grow, we are exploring ways that our reseller community can capitalize on this trend. Our relationship with iHub helps us deliver revenue building capabilities to our voice and data-oriented customer base while providing them with a diversified portfolio of offerings to their customers.”
Mike Webb, CEO, iHub said: “The iHub platform allows fixed telephony to be hosted in much the same way as mobile telephony is today. It allows businesses to drive greater efficiency through an improved way of working and collaboration. IP is transforming business communication and iHub is uniquely placed in the UK to provide its partners with a robust carrier grade solution. Westcon’s reseller community will be the first to offer hosted IP communications from iHub, helping them retain control of their relationships with their customers.”
Peter Newcombe president, EMEACarrier Networks, Nortel adds: “Hosted IP services are coming of age and this is illustrated by the launch of 4SureConnections. iHub joins a host of national and international carriers who have selected Nortel's Communication Server 2000 IP multimedia switch to be at the heart of their platform. The Communication Server 2000 ensures the delivery of a robust and scaleable service to end users, ultimately providing a highly reliable and highly secure environment.”
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