PowerNet Global Communications Provides Update on VoIP Strategy

As the telecommunications industry continues to consolidate, and margins decrease, PowerNet Global Communications (Booth 421) has recognized that providing competitively priced solutions on its own VoIP/data network(s) will allow it to continue to provide agents with quality and enhanced offerings, while maintaining its commitment to deliver high commission percentages to the agents it serves.

Over the years, the primary means for delivering our products and services has been through our carrier relationships. So, once the change in the telecom industry started to happen, we knew deploying our own VoIP gateways would be the best way to stay competitive in this business, said PowerNet Global CEO and President Bernie Stevens. As a result, two years ago, PNG deployed VoIP gateways blanketing the United States. These Class 4 switches have allowed PNG to offer competitive (wholesale) domestic and international termination services. More recently, PNG deployed a Class 5/feature server that will allow it to offer residential, SMB and enterprise-level VoIP services throughout the United States.

With the deployment of these gateways and feature server, PNG now is rolling out a hosted (feature/PBX) VoIP offering in Cincinnati, that is targeting SOHO customers, by combining high-speed Internet (5mbps x 768), unlimited local and long-distance and Wi-Fi hotspot services. Businesses can purchase these services for as low as $129 per month with a one-year agreement or $139 per month, month-tomonth (with the purchase of CPE equipment). Following the Cincinnati rollout, PNG plans to offer similar hosted services for SMBs and enterprise customers (incrementally) in additional markets throughout 2007 and 2008. These additional markets will be determined based on demand from the agent channel.

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