NTT Communications announced that its Arcstar unified
communications services will introduce the UCaaS (Unified Communications as a
Service) Plan to allow Arcstar Global IP-VPN customers to utilize multiple
communication functions according to their situation and needs on a flexible
The new service will be gradually rolled out globally
beginning August 31. At the same time, NTT Com will
expand coverage of its SIP Trunking Plan, a low-rate external dialing service
initially released in Singapore this May, to 15 countries including Australia
and the UK, and to around 30 countries by March 2012.
Multinational companies are required to respond to
changing business environments flexibly and quickly. The new UCaaS Plan will
help companies meet those needs, by unifying everything from IP phones and
instant/voice messaging to status checks and telephone/video/web conferencing
across multiple devices, including fixed phones, PCs and smartphones.
The plan uses Cisco Systems, Cisco
Hosted Collaboration Solution as its platform.
Under the UCaaS Plan, customers are able to unify system
construction and management, which are generally required in each country
individually. The result is seamless communication among offices in multiple
Calls to a user’s different business devices, such as a
fixed phone in the office or mobile phone, can be integrated into one number to
prevent missed calls or disconnections. Functions such as status checks and
conferencing can be integrated as well, so that customers can match work styles
with the best-suited communication tool.
With the cloud-based UCaaS Plan, customers’ costs for the
construction, operation and maintenance of a PBX facility, as well as use of
data centers, are virtually eliminated.
In addition, the plan utilizes a flexible use,
pay-as-you-go system, allowing on-demand usage and making it easy for trial
introductions. The monthly fee for the new plan starts from 400 USD per
enterprise, from 90 USD per location and from 10 USD per ID, in addition to
charges for NTT Com’s VPN service.
While the UCaaS Plan offers fixed-rate usage of internal
communication among offices worldwide, the SIP Trunking Plan offers reduced
charges for external calls to overseas, which is generally a significant cost
NTT Com plans to further expand the area of its SIP
Trunking Plan by March 2012.
Through the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution, Cisco
is enabling our partners to provide cloud-based solutions that offer unmatched
levels of flexibility for their customers,” said Bob Gault, vice president,
worldwide partner organization, Cisco.
By adopting globally-respected Cisco Hosted
Collaboration Solution as a platform, NTT Com has achieved its goal of offering
a cloud-based unified communication service worldwide,” said Masahiro Wakai,
senior vice president of NTT Com.
Cisco recently announced that Charter Communications, a
communications and entertainment services provider and the fourth-largest cable
operator in the United States, is deploying
the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System and Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation
Services Routers to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul
services to residential and commercial customers.
investing to stay ahead of increasing demands being driven by both video and
advanced collaboration applications. Residential customers are empowered to
enjoy personalized viewing experiences from all types of content sources,
backed by Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN).
By Telecomlead.com Team