Covergence, PortaOne Interoperability Enables First Joint Customer BandTel to Offer VoIP and Other Real-Time Communications

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BandTel Chooses Covergence and PortaOne for Secure and Manageable Access to VoIP, and Secure, Reliable SIP Trunks
Covergence®, the leading provider of next generation Session Border Control solutions, today announced the successful completion of interoperability testing with PortaOne, a leading global vendor of carrier grade billing and provisioning software for Internet Telephony Service Providers such as BandTel, the first customer to make use of this interoperability. The testing confirms compatibility between the award-winning Covergence Session Manager and the PortaOne PortaSwitch.

As the communications landscape quickly evolves, service providers need next generation networking equipment that offers a clear and cost-effective transition path between traditional voice services and IP-based networks. Providers must ready their networks to support the real-time services like video, voice, presence and IM, that users demand.

As a part of this evolution, BandTel delivers SIP trunking solutions to customers as an affordable, high quality alternative to traditional leased line services. Because of its sophisticated network infrastructure which is now enhanced by the Covergence and PortaOne relationships, BandTel is helping customers realize the benefits of VoIP and SIP trunking. Value, quality and policy enforcement are critical success factors for BandTel and its customers.

By combining the capabilities of the Covergence Session Manager with the flexible routing control provided by PortaSwitch, BandTel can control all aspects of an Internet telephony session. The flexibility of the solution has allowed our technical experts to create custom applications that contribute to BandTel’s highly configurable, highly controllable, fully redundant worldwide SIP network.”

Chris Dunk, CEO at BandTel

Covergence sketch 1PortaOne enables service providers like BandTel to quickly and efficiently implement, manage and deliver a wide range of solutions with PortaSwitch, a single set of software products that include such applications as VoIP billing and provisioning, class 4 and 5 SIP softswitch, unified messaging and conferencing applications, and IP PBX software. The completion of interoperability testing with Covergence further affirms PortaOne’s capabilities to offer complex and flexible solutions to customers like BandTel.

With proven interoperability between the Covergence Session Manager and the PortaSwitch, we can strongly support the converged services that customers are beginning to demand. While billing and softswitch solutions included in PortaSwitch support inter alia various routing scenarios, real time billing, and highly sophisticated customer and vendor provisioning, the testing with Covergence has allowed us to ensure proper security for next-generation services like encryption, message authentication, and replay protection to data.”

Roman Khalenkov, Sales and Marketing Director at PortaOne.

Telecommunications is moving beyond voice to include multi-media services, and leading vendors like PortaOne need to guarantee a proven solution for delivering these services. The Covergence Session Manager works with PortaOne’s offerings to make next-generation communications a reality for customers like BandTel.”

Bob O’Neil, president and CEO for Covergence

The Covergence Session Manager was developed to meet a full range of needs; from those of the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market all the way up to the world’s largest service provider. The solution is available from Covergence immediately and can be purchased by contacting or by calling 978.823.5200.

PortaSwitch is an IP Multimedia Subsystem or a software-based communication services platform allowing modern communication providers to unify voice, data and fax traffic within a single network. PortaOne customers that include emerging ITSPs, SIP trunking wholesalers, and tier 1 national carriers benefit from 24/7 technical support, onsite training, and flexibility of the software source code provided with unlimited and perpetual license.

For more information, please write to or call 866.747.8647.

About Covergence

Covergence is the leader in scaling, securing and controlling VoIP and other real-time services. The award-winning Covergence Session Manager combines traditional session-border-control functionality with comprehensive security features and management tools. The Covergence Session Manager is purpose-built to securely and reliably connect users to VoIP and multi-media services while giving organizations the complete control and visibility they require.

About PortaOne

PortaOne is a leading global communications infrastructure vendor enabling ITSPs (Internet telephony service providers) and voice network operators to quickly and efficiently implement, manage and deliver a wide range of billing and softswitch solutions for IP telephony services. The company’s products provide a comprehensive range of applications, including calling cards, Hosted IPPBX, IP Centrex, Vonage-like and Skype-like services.

Established in 1997, PortaOne is a privately held company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with sales, support, and development offices around the globe.

About BandTel

BandTel is a leading worldwide provider of SIP Trunking services. The company is dedicated to ensuring its customers and partners alike have access to the most reliable, end-to-end VoIP service available on the market today. Its N-Plus™ architecture is designed to solve the throughput and redundancy problems on high-capacity SIP-based networks and eliminate any single point of failure. BandTel is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

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