SOURCE: Metaswitch Networks

Metaswitch Networks

January 19, 2010 09:05 ET

Island Time Strikes VoIP

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HONOLULU, HI--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) - PTC'10 -- While many people think of the Pacific Islands as relaxed, easy going communities, that is not the case for the leadership of their communication service providers. These entrepreneurial operators are actively modernizing their networks, bringing IP services to their subscribers and improving overall communications for their respective islands and the region.

Maui Sanford serves as president of the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA), a non-profit organization representing the interests of small island nations in the Pacific Region. Sanford is also heading a team from OPT French Polynesia during the Honolulu PITA and PTC events, promoting major improvements in transpacific telecommunications illustrated by HONOTUA, a $110 million undersea fiber optic program linking French Polynesia to the west coast of the United States and to Australia and New Zealand's Southern Cross Cable System. Back home with OPT French Polynesia, Sanford is busy modernizing the local and national networks with a Metaswitch solution that will bring new services throughout the islands. "We wanted a scalable, flexible system with services that will evolve as the network changes over time," said Sanford.

Another leader in the Asia Pacific region is Benjamin "Bing" Garcia, president and COO of Marbel Telephone Systems in General Santos, Philippines and active member of PAPTELCO, a 48-member advocacy group of private Philippine telephone companies. Initially established as an ILEC serving southern Mindanao, the company recently bought a Metaswitch VP2510 to power its new CLEC business that will expand the company's serving area to a neighboring province and also add IPTV to the portfolio of Marbel Telephone down the road.

For MCV Broadband in Guam, the pace picked up with the arrival of Craig Thompson, CEO and president. In a few short years he has not only brought current, quality broadcasting to MCV subscribers but also a very competitively priced quadruple play of Cable TV, Internet, Wireline and Wireless services. Serving over 50,000 subscribers on four islands, in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, the company is transitioning from wholesale voice services to their own facility-based services using a Metaswitch VoIP application and infrastructure solution. "In-region support, exceptional references and a right-sized solution led us to Metaswitch," said Thompson.

In Hawaii, two successful operators recently combined to form Hawaii Dialogix Telecom, providing traditional, hosted PBX and triple play services to business and MDU customers. Having deployed a Metaswitch VP2510 in 2008, the company plans to add a second system for expansion later this year. Key to selecting Metaswitch was the exceptional cost saving in cooling and energy conservation.

"These operators are truly leaders within the region," said Jeff Lattomus, area vice president for Metaswitch. "They are committed to keeping pace with technology advances, bringing benefits to their communities, and serving as great examples of what Metaswitch is starting to achieve throughout Asia."

About Metaswitch Networks

Metaswitch Networks is a leading provider of carrier systems and software solutions that are powering the migration of communications networks to open, packet-based architectures. Hundreds of network operators worldwide depend on its Carrier Systems Division for reliable, scalable session control, media gateway and application/feature server solutions to enable compelling revenue-generating services. Its Network Protocols Division develops high performance, portable software components that are integrated into the products of the world's leading communications equipment manufacturers. For more information, please visit

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