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Nuvio Corp. has announced the general availability of NuvioCentrex, a hosted IP PBX solution targeting small businesses with two to 15 employees. The solution is available through Nuvio’s partners: high-speed Internet providers and network integrators. Nuvio says it has developed its own switching technology, feature sets and Web interface to offer next-generation services and allow businesses to link offices with extension-to-extension dialing.

DSCI Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. have signed multiyear commercial agreements that will allow DSCI to continue serving enterprise customers over Verizon’s network. The agreements cover the four states where Lexington, Mass.-based DSCI primarily operates: Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The commercial accords replace agreements requiring Verizon to lease its network to competitors at government-mandated rates.

8×8 Inc., an Internet phone provider based in Santa Clara, Calif., has made its first wholesale contracts with three communications companies, Corridor Communications, RBM Communications and WCOIL. The wholesale agreements will allow the three companies to resell Packet8 VoIP products and services under a private-label offer and provide customized Web interfaces. Corridor Communications, based in Salem, Ore., is a wireless ISP that recently purchased Eagle West Communications Inc., a cable company operating in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. Las Vegas-based RBM Communications primarily is a reseller of wireless service targeting the Hispanic community and Ohio-based WCOIL is an ISP.

IDT Telecom, a subsidiary of IDT Corp., is providing international long-distance service to Cablevision Systems Corp.’s Optimum Voice digital voice-over-cable customers. The service includes a remote calling feature allowing users to call from any location in the United States, Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands. Cablevision’s Optimum Voice became available across the company’s New York metro-area footprint late last year. The company claimed 115,000 customers as of June 30.

VoIP Inc., a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., telecommunications startup, announced launching a wholesale program to help cable companies provide Internet phone service. VoIP Inc. says it is targeting cable companies belonging to the National Cable Television Cooperative, which represents a consortium of 1,100 companies supporting 14 million customers. The company says it allows cable operators to provide Internet phone service about four to six weeks after signing a contract. VoIP Inc. provides a provisioning server, customer premise equipment, a billing platform and voice origination and termination through relationships with Global Crossing Ltd., Level 3 Communications Inc. and XO Communications Inc., among others.

Integrated communications provider PowerNet Global Communications is expanding its local phone service packages for residential customers into five Verizon territories. The services now are offered in more areas of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.


8×8 Inc. www.8×
Cablevision Systems Corp.
Corridor Communications
DSCI Corp.
IDT Telecom
Interlink Communications Systems Inc.
Nuvio Corp.
PowerNet Global Communications
Verizon Communications Inc.
VoIP Inc.

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