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8x8 Takes Hosted VoIP, UC and More to Canada

By Craig Galbraith
January 22, 2013 - News

San Jose, Calif.-based 8x8 on Tuesday announced the launch of its suite of cloud-based business communications services to businesses in Canada. It's the first in a series of expansions outside of the U.S., the company said.

Available immediately in most Canadian provinces, 8x8 says its Virtual Office suite provides small and medium businesses (SMBs) with hosted VoIP, contact center, UC and video conferencing. Customers can select local phone numbers in each province as well as virtual numbers from Canada, the U.S. and around the world, both of which save inbound callers the expense of long-distance charges. Companies with locations in Canada and the United States can now have a single, virtual PBX enabling extension dialing with high-definition audio between international locations, all with no per minute charges, the company said. 8x8’s Virtual Office also gives SMBs the option of extending those services to smartphones and tablets at no extra cost, enabling their employees to stay productive and responsive on the road and at home.

8x8’s services will be delivered from its network of data centers in the U.S. and Saskatchewan, Canada.

“8x8’s cloud communications services are designed to provide the reliability, flexibility and scalability that Canadian companies need," said 8x8 Chairman and CEO Bryan Martin. “More than 30,000 U.S. businesses use 8x8, and this expansion is a major first step toward providing SMBs worldwide with a cost-effective, enterprise-grade way to empower their communications."

8x8 sells through channel partners.

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