PacNet and Nextep partner on VoIP

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PacNet and Nextep partner on VoIP
Pacific Internet and Nextep Broadband, a division of NEC Australia, have partnered to offer VoIP to the local SMB market.

The deal will see Pacific Internet provide its network infrastructure and plans while Nextep - via NEC - will contribute its softswitch session initiation protocol server technology.

In commenting on the partnership, PacNet managing director, Dennis Muscat said the ISP had decided to join with NEC based on its record on VoIP over the SSI platform in Japan.

Recent research conducted by the Pacific Internet also suggeted that there was a major opportunity to push VoIP into the SMB market, he said.

The company's regular Broadband Barometer research suggested that there about 34,000 broadband enabled SMBs were currently looking to adopt VoIP this year, Muscatt said.

“We aim to secure at least 25 percent of the total [SMB] VoIP market by the end of 2007,” he said.

Two VoIP plans will be made available under the new partnership. The first, Vocal Express, would offer 10 cent untimed local calls and national calls at nine cents per minute for $0 monthly fee.

The second, Vocal Professional, would offer a phone number to be used as an additional line, and national calls charged at 10 cents flat and local calls charged at 10 cents flat rate.

The plan is charged at $30 per month, but includes $15 of free calls for existing Pacific Internet broadband customers.

A second option, for $50 per month, includes $25 worth of free calls with fixed-to-mobile calls charged at 25 cents per minute and local calls and national calls at 10 cents untimed.

“There’s no minimum monthly fee for Pacific Internet customers using Vocal Express, whereas non-Pacific Internet broadband customers have a minimum call spend of $25 per month.”.

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