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TMCNet:  Internet2 Deploys SIP Cloud Voice Services - Tulane, Texas A&M, UMBC, and Other Member Universities Nationwide Will Benefit from Specialized Service with Reduced Cost and Administration

[February 11, 2013]

Internet2 Deploys SIP Cloud Voice Services - Tulane, Texas A&M, UMBC, and Other Member Universities Nationwide Will Benefit from Specialized Service with Reduced Cost and Administration

Emeryville, CA, Feb 11, 2013 (PRWeb.com via COMTEX) -- Internet2, a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions, has completed deployment of its SIP cloud voice services at its new office in Emeryville, California. The SIP Services are offered to members under the Internet2 NET+ portfolio and are comprised of a Hosted PBX Solution from Aastra, and SIP Trunking Services from Level 3 Communications, delivered across the Internet2 network.


"This service comes at an opportune time for Tulane as our PBX systems are nearing end of life," said Charlie McMahon, vice president of information technology and chief technology officer, Tulane University. "It also fits right in line with our rapid adoption of cloud services in many areas. The challenges we face at Tulane are not unique, and I am convinced other institutions can derive similar benefits from adoption. Leveraging the benefits of the Internet2 SIP Service alone can save millions of dollars for the higher education community." Tulane is the institutional sponsor for the SIP Services program in its Research Incubator stage, and McMahon served on the CIO steering committee during the Service Validation stage. The early adopter campuses include Texas A&M University, Tulane University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County with general availability to all eligible campuses this spring 2013. Internet2 offices in Washington, D.C. and Ann Arbor, Michigan will soon have the SIP Services installed as well.

"The growing interest in the SIP Services is good validation that by leveraging member needs and demand, synergies of both customization and efficiency will be another factor in driving innovation within research and education," stated Shel Waggener, senior vice president, Internet2. "We welcome the addition of new early adopters who can immediately benefit from the service and look forward to more of our member institutions capitalizing on this tremendous opportunity." For additional information and to learn about the SIP Services webinars on February 27 and March 7, or to find out how institutions can test Internet2's SIP Service visit http://www.internet2.edu/sip or email sip@internet2.edu.

About Internet2 Internet2(R) is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 consists of 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; New York, NY; and Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://www.internet2.edu.

About Aastra USA Aastra USA Inc. is the US business unit of Aastra Technologies Limited (TSX:AAH), a company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative communications products and applications for businesses. Aastra's operations are truly global with more than 50 million installed lines around the world and a direct and indirect presence in more than 100 countries. Aastra is entirely dedicated to enterprise communications and offers IP telephony and Unified Communications solutions individually tailored to satisfy its customers' requirements. These range from feature-rich call managers for small and medium businesses and highly scalable ones for large enterprises, associated UC applications, integrated mobility, multimedia call center solutions and high definition video communications to a wide selection of desk phones and cordless terminals. With a strong focus on open standards, Aastra enables enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. For additional information on Aastra, visit our website at http://www.aastrausa.com.

About Level 3 Communications Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. For more information, please visit http://www.level3.com Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/2/prweb10414309.htm PRWeb.com

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