TelePacific Produces Data Product Suite Using IP Network

Capitalizing on the development of its MPLS Private IP Network, TelePacific (Booths 315-317) will launch a new suite of data products that will be phased in throughout the second quarter of 2004. TelePacific says this line will complement its voice and Internet access services, will strengthen agents’ sales portfolios and overall revenue opportunities, and will allow TelePacific to produce a more comprehensive service offering for its customers.

TelePacific will add two members to the product development team. David Zahn, director of product marketing of data services, joins TelePacific with more than 10 years of industry experience and a product development position at AT&T. Before AT&T, he worked with Northpoint Communications, WorldCom and MFS.

Jeff Hershberger joins TelePacific as its product manager of data services. Hershberger gained experience in VoIP at ITXC. Prior to ITXC, he worked for AT&T, GE and Fujitsu.

Using MPLS technology, TelePacific will release network-based VPN with remote access as the first initiative in the new product suite. MPLS provides for a secure, high-performance VPN without the need for encryption. TelePacific says customers will be able to use their existing Internet connections without buying more VPN equipment. Remote access will allow customers to access their LANs from offsite locations.

Using any Internet connection, remote access users can access their companies’ networks. Operating its own Tier 1 network within TelePacific, and connecting to other Tier 1 providers nationally, TelePacific says it offers the best routes to the Internet. The TelePacific IP network supports service levels using transport-redundant, routed, multiple-path and meshed network architecture.

As part of the IP network, TelePacific deployed MPLS, which enables multi-location customers to connect to each other. MPLS allows TelePacific to use the IP addresses for each of the customer’s locations to identify their network. Only the IP addresses that belong to the network can connect to one another.

"VPNs offer a secure and economical way to facilitate communications between corporate sites, the corporate network and remote or traveling employees," says Zahn. "Significantly reducing communication costs, VPNs do not use leased lines to connect sites, or dial-in lines and modem banks for remote employees."

Following the launch, TelePacific plans to add e-mail services including spam filtering and virus protection. Content filtering, firewall, network reporting, device monitoring and remote storage products are all in development.

"TelePacific is excited to bring these VPN services as well as the other data services on the horizon to the small and medium-sized business market. These additional data offerings are essential for businesses to grow and manage their operations, and allows TelePacific to be a single-source provider of voice, data and Internet access services," says Cardi Prinzi, senior vice president of marketing.

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