SOURCE: Alteva

Alteva

September 16, 2010 09:00 ET

Alteva to Showcase Hosted Voice Integrated With Microsoft Communications Services at Channel Partners Conference & Expo

Hosted Unified Communications Even More Affordable Through IP Phone Rental Program

PHILADELPHIA, PA and WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 16, 2010) -  Alteva, a Unified Communications (UC) solution provider headquartered in Philadelphia, today announced another affordable way to leverage Microsoft Communication Services integrated with Alteva's enterprise hosted VoIP service, at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. Together, Microsoft and Alteva are providing hosted UC solutions for smaller businesses that integrate communication and business processes to increase productivity, streamline costs, provide more flexibility and increase and manage growth.

To further make these new technologies accessible to the SMB market, Alteva is now offering its complete UC solution to organizations purchasing 10 or more phones through an IP phone rental program. Companies that choose to take advantage of the rental program will not have to put any money down to get a new Voice over IP phone system. "This rental option will greatly improve the channel managers' ability to close sales in this turbulent economy," said Alteva Chief Sales Officer Louis Hayner.

Back in April, Alteva launched the complete suite of Microsoft Communication Services, including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Office Communications Server (OCS) with hosted voice services. Alteva can be found on Microsoft's website along with more information at http://microsoft.com/commservices/.

"Hosted unified communications will change the way that businesses communicate," said Rich Cannon, Industry Marketing Development Manager, Communications Sector NA, Microsoft. "By integrating voice with Microsoft Communication Services, we are opening the doors to service providers and their partners by providing a range of functionalities to offer to the end user that will inevitably change the landscape of their business."

In a survey by Infonetics Research of North American companies and their plans for deploying Unified Communications equipment and services, as well as their ratings of leading Unified Communications vendors, Microsoft is one of the most widely deployed Unified Communications suppliers among survey respondents, enjoying high buyer awareness and receiving high marks from buyers on the most important buying criteria. "Against the backdrop of significant enterprise spending reductions on all kinds of products, the unified communication market is holding up remarkably well. Perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise, as these tools are designed to allow users to communicate and collaborate more effectively," notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise voice and data at Infonetics Research.

"By pushing the capability of a fully integrated communications platform in the cloud, we are empowering small businesses by giving them the ability to improve their employee productivity and enhance office efficiency with a more productive way of communicating," states Alteva Chief Innovation Officer William Bumbernick.

Alteva will showcase its hosted UC solution at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo (September 20-22) in Washington, D.C., booth #4021. A representative from Microsoft will also be available to discuss the benefits of hosted Unified Communications to the small business.

Additionally, Alteva will join several other leading industry organizations including Cisco, ADTRAN and Smoothstone, on a Hosted vs. Premises UC session on Tuesday, September 21st, 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Bumbernick will present on the hosted side of the panel, discussing the value proposition of hosted UC and the benefits and business opportunity it brings to the SMB market.

Organizations can learn more about Alteva's hosted UC solutions at www.altevatel.com/solutions/overview and can purchase by calling an Alteva representative at 1-877-258-3821. For more information on Alteva's channel partner program, visit www.altevatel.com/partners/channel-partners.

About Alteva:
Alteva, a Unified Communications (UC) solution provider headquartered in Philadelphia, offers the most reliable network, the most responsive and proactive customer service and the best value to its customers. It delivers cloud-based UC solutions including Voice over IP phone systems and service (VoIP PBX), hosted Microsoft Communication Services, fixed mobile convergence, and advanced voice applications for the desktop. Alteva's service requires minimal installation and configuration while eliminating monthly phone and on-premise system maintenance charges, reducing overall communication costs and enabling organizations to improve productivity. By combining Alteva's voice service with Microsoft Communication Services products, including Microsoft Exchange, Office Communication Server (OCS), and SharePoint, Alteva's customers receive a true, high-quality, voice-enabled UC solution that easily integrates with existing business applications. Alteva is North America's largest provider of enterprise hosted VoIP, and provides hosted UC solutions to businesses in all 50 states and four continents. For more information, visit http://www.altevatel.com or call 1-877-258-3821.

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