Seven independent operating companies (IOCs) in Iowa have selected an integrated solution for next-generation services that combines Tekelecs 7000 Class 5 Packet Switch and the 6000 VoIP Application Server. The contracts are worth several million dollars, Tekelec said.
The IOCs plan to replace legacy switches with the Tekelec platforms, and deliver advanced SIP-based services and applications.
Six of the operators own the Northern Iowa Communications Partnership (NICP) and have previously purchased Tekelec 7000/6000s. Those operators include Ayrshire Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, Northwest Telephone Cooperative Association, Palmer Mutual Telephone Company, River Valley Telecommunications Cooperative, Royal Telephone Company and Terril Telephone Cooperative.
Meanwhile, Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Stanton, Iowa, is a new customer.
The integrated Tekelec 7000/6000 VoIP approach enables the delivery of SIP-based services and applications to residential and business customers over GR-303, POTS or broadband IP connections. It also supports the four key IP endpoint protocols in a hosted IP environment SIP, MGCP, SCCP and MiNet.
The system allows IOCs to cap legacy investments while continuing to support them. Tekelec’s solution integrates with our existing network equipment and enables us to flexibly deliver new revenue-generating services and applications without changing the business model that has served us well for the past 100 years,” said Doug Nelson, CEO of Royal Telephony Company and Terril Telephone Cooperative. “We have evaluated several options, and Tekelec is the only company that provides this flexibility.”
Kevin Cabbage, general manager of Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, added, “Tekelec has a strong reputation in Iowa, and its proven Tekelec 7000-Tekelec 6000 solution will allow us to deliver differentiated services and applications while also supporting our existing regulated revenue streams, building customer brand loyalty and reducing operational costs.”