SOURCE: XO Communications

XO Communications

February 28, 2011 08:00 ET

XO Communications Launches Cloud-Based Communications Service for Enterprises

IP Communications as a Service Leverages Cloud to Help Businesses Reduce Costs and Deploy Enhanced IP Telephony Features Including HD Voice and Video

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - February 28, 2011) - (Enterprise Connect) Businesses can now transition to IP communications and achieve better cost savings across their enterprise with a new cloud communications solution available from XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO).

Launched today at Enterprise Connect, XO Enterprise Cloud Communications is a highly scalable, enterprise-grade, IP communications service that allows businesses to accelerate the deployment of IP and unified communications, simplify the management of their IP communications needs, and dramatically reduce the capital investments and operating costs of their enterprise-wide communications.

XO Enterprise Cloud Communications integrates a wide range of IP telephony features, local and long distance calling, enterprise-wide HD voice and video, network services, and IP phone sets in a communications as a service, per-user pricing model to allow IT administrators to easily deliver and manage voice, video and communications across their enterprise. By integrating and delivering these complex services in the cloud, XO Communications brings end-to-end communications to businesses and organizations of all sizes at a lower total cost of ownership than traditional telephony systems.

Companies that are managing enterprise-wide communications with tighter capital budgets will be able to easily transition into converged communications with XO Enterprise Cloud Communications and utilize IP telephony, conferencing and collaboration applications across their enterprise. Since all of the applications reside in the cloud, this solution allows businesses to take advantage of the benefits of IP communications without having the extensive upfront capital costs of installing equipment. This reduces a significant burden on IT organizations of having to manage and maintain their communications infrastructure at each location.

"XO Enterprise Cloud Communications represents the next evolution of our award-winning IP communications portfolio which today supports 30,000 business customers and more than one million end users," said Mike Toplisek, chief marketing officer for XO Business Services at XO Communications. "This solution is ideal for mid-market businesses and larger enterprises with distributed operations by helping them solve important business issues of controlling costs, improving employee productivity and increasing their competitiveness in the market."

"Today, businesses with multiple locations of varying sizes typically have a wide range of different telephony infrastructures that not only inhibit efficient and seamless communications but also the integration of telephony infrastructures with applications which enable unified communications," said Tom Hobika, vice president of solutions engineering at XO Communications. "Our innovative, cloud-based enterprise IP communications platform will help businesses contain and reduce capital expenditures at a time when budgets are tight, while giving them the ability to introduce new productivity enhancing communications capabilities that future-proof their networks and corresponding investments."

XO Enterprise Cloud Communications offers businesses a wide range of cost, operational and performance benefits, including:

  • Eliminating capital investments in PBX infrastructure and reducing operational costs
  • Freeing up valuable IT resources and capital which can be focused on strategic business priorities
  • Gaining the ability to quickly deploy new productivity-enhancing collaboration and communications technologies
  • Managing the upgrades and maintenance costs typically associated with handling IP communications and other information technology in-house
  • Providing business-grade HD call quality across the enterprise wide area network.
  • Delivering advanced IP-PBX functionality using the XO nationwide network, advanced technology from BroadSoft and IP phones from Cisco and Polycom for a unified solution of HD voice and video and IP telephony applications through the cloud
  • Easily managing the service through a feature-rich web portal to handle day-to-day administrative tasks such as reconfiguring users' phones, set up phones for new employees and manage name and number displays

Features of XO Enterprise Cloud Communications include:

  • IP Telephony and unified communications applications
  • Free local and site-to-site calling within the enterprise
  • Long distance calling plans
  • Enterprise-wide HD voice and HD video
  • Choices of IP phone sets from Cisco and Polycom
  • Web portal for managing service for each location and employees
  • Quality of Service monitoring
  • MPLS IP-VPN network services
  • Robust Service Level Agreements for all services
  • Business continuity capabilities

"Cloud-based communications are rapidly gaining traction as businesses look to adopt IP telephony and unified communications in a flexible and cost-effective way," said Elka Popova, program director, Unified Communications & Collaboration, Frost & Sullivan. "With a long track record of delivering business VoIP services, XO Communications is now expanding its portfolio to include a feature-rich, hosted IP PBX solution that enables customers to fully outsource their communications infrastructure from a trusted partner. XO Enterprise Cloud Communications solution can help distributed organizations save costs through a common architecture and enhance employee productivity through advanced communications and collaboration applications delivered across geographically dispersed locations."

IP Communications, Security and IT Services Delivered via the Cloud
XO Enterprise Cloud Communications represents the next evolution in the company's cloud-based services delivery strategy in which converged communications, security and IT infrastructure solutions are delivered over the XO nationwide network. XO Communications is building the core components of this service delivery approach and has established partnerships with leading technology providers to enable enterprises to operate more efficiently by easily deploying the applications, services and infrastructure they need, when they need them.

For more information about XO Enterprise Cloud Communications or to contact an XO sales representative, visit www.xo.com.

About XO Communications
XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading nationwide provider of advanced broadband communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO Communications offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com.

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