Vortex Deploys Tekelecs Next-Generation Network Solutions

Tekelec (Booth 317) announced Vortex Broadband Communications has deployed the Tekelec 7000 Class 5 Packet Switch (C5), including a Packet Interface Card (PIC) and the Tekelec 6000 application server, to deliver VoIP and IP Centrex services to business and residential customers throughout southern Florida.

The Tekelec solution provides the foundation for Vortex Broadbands all-IP network. The West Palm Beach based CLECs deployment is the first office application of the Tekelec PIC, which provides IP capabilities to Tekelecs C5 packet switch and enables the delivery of true next-generation services. In addition, Vortex uses the Tekelec 6000 to support its business and residential-class hosted IP telephony services.

We built our advanced IP network to provide high-speed, reliable voice, data and video services to customers at a fraction of the cost of traditional carriers. We needed a C5 voice network solution that would efficiently and cost-effectively support service delivery and scale to support our expansion into new markets, says Todd Shepherd, president and founder of Vortex Broadband. Tekelec delivers a true, next-generation, feature-rich platform with the reliability and scalability to meet our stringent requirements. With Tekelecs Class 5 switching platform and application server, we can deliver the advanced IP telephony services that our customers demand. This gives us a quick time-to-market advantage over our competition.

The Tekelec 7000 C5 with PIC scales from as few as 192 ports of VoIP gateway capacity to configurations that support 40,000 subscribers or more. The platform features SIP interfaces for subscribers, trunking and SIP-based application servers, with special support for the T6000 platform, enabling carriers such as Vortex Broadband to deliver true next-generation services such as virtual PBX and office Centrex functionality.

The Tekelec 6000 also features unified messaging, user-scheduled conferencing, find-me/follow-me and Web portal capabilities that support visual voice mail, click-to-dial and integration of directories and calendars with telephony features.

The completion of this first office application of the Packet Interface Card with our Class 5 Packet Switch launches Tekelec ahead of the competition with next-generation switching applications for residential and business subscribers in multiservice packet and broadband networks, says Tricia Hosek, president and general manager of the Tekelec Switching Solutions Group. Our market-leading application server coupled with our switching platform provides VoIP and IP Centrex services that are critical differentiators for our CLEC customers.

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