Smoothstone IP Moves Into European Market

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Cloud-based UC provider Smoothstone IP Communications has expanded its footprint to the European market, offering its enterprise communications applications and services in United Kingdom, France, Germany and Switzerland.

Enterprises in those countries now have full access to Smoothstone’s application-aware managed MPLS network services, along with its portfolio of cloud-based PBX, contact center, IP Centrex and SIP Trunking solutions, according to the company.

Jeff Wellemeyer, president and chairman of Smoothstone, said the expansion represents the first step in what he calls “an aggressive roll-out plan that will provide Smoothstone applications and services across Europe by the end of 2010."

That plan includes expanding Smoothstone’s cloud-based applications platform into several European data centers, which will increase the company’s transatlantic network capacity and provide for local number porting, call origination and termination in European countries.

“We are answering the call from our customers, expanding international reach to deliver a full portfolio of services in European markets," Wellmeyer said in a statement.

Amy Lind, analyst at market research firm IDC, said Smoothstone’s move across the pond is a smart one.

“Smoothstone has maintained a consistent focus on serving the needs of the distributed enterprise, and expanding its service coverage to European markets is a significant and strategic next step for Smoothstone," she said. “By delivering services outside the United States, Smoothstone is able to provide services to customers that prefer to have a single provider for all their communications needs."

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