Allstream is the first Service Provider in Canada to offer Cisco Unified
Communications as a Service over a national MPLS network
Stock Symbol: MBT
TORONTO, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Allstream, Canada's all-business
communications provider, today announced the introduction of Allstream Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS), a hosted and fully managed unified communications and
collaboration solution. Allstream HCS brings the Cisco® Unified
Communications and Collaboration suite of applications to Canadian
businesses through a new, cost-effective, cloud-based delivery model.
All services will be hosted locally and delivered to customers over
Allstream's world-class, SIP enabled, fibre IP network designed to help
ensure a high level of security and reliability.
The new offering allows Allstream customers to operate Unified
Communications as a Service (UCaaS) including integrated voice, video,
presence and mobility applications for compatible desktop and mobile
devices. Allstream is offering HCS on a per month/per user pricing
model. Since HCS is deployed through the cloud, it does not come with
the associated capital costs, waiting time and additional equipment
needed to meet the redundancy requirements associated with on-premise
"Businesses are looking for ways to improve and simplify their
communications and allow their people to collaborate easily and with a
high degree of mobility," said Dean Prevost, President, Allstream.
"Allstream Hosted Collaboration Solution is backed by the security and
reliability of our national 30,000 kilometre IP fibre network and,
being a cloud-based service, offers the benefit of being an operating
vs. capital expense, allowing customers simpler budgeting and greater
flexibility in their IT services."
Allstream HCS also delivers reliability, redundancy and business
continuity services through Allstream's robust and resilient network
architecture. Customers will also benefit from the Allstream Service
Guarantee - ﬁve tangible customer service commitments to ensure
customers get the service they need, when they need it.
"Allstream is the first service provider in Canada to bring to market a
Cisco Powered collaboration solution over a national MPLS and SIP
network," said Nitin Kawale, President, Cisco Canada. "Allstream is
leading the cloud market transition to deliver customers the most
up-to-date collaboration services available, quickly and
Rather than a "one size fits all" approach to unified communications,
Allstream's HCS provides customers with the flexibility to choose
collaboration and communication tools such as voicemail, instant
messaging, video and web meetings based on each user's role in the
organization. These virtualized, customized services come with a
consistent user experience across multiple devices and can be scaled up
or down to meet the evolving business needs.
Allstream is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, a Cisco Cloud and Managed
Service Partner (CMSP) and carries a Cisco Powered service designation.
Allstream is a Canadian leader in IP communications and the only
national communications provider that works exclusively with business
customers of all sizes. With nearly 600,000 customer connections,
Allstream's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and
entrepreneurial spirit of its 2,500 employees across the country who
collaborate with customers to determine their unique communications
solutions needs. Supported by its more than 30,000-kilometre nationwide
high-performance fibre-optic network, Allstream's broad portfolio of
business solutions are built from an array of advanced communications
technologies and services including a wide range of innovative,
highly-scalable IP-based solutions to help organizations communicate
more efficiently and profitably. Allstream takes pride in its
commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience, and has
long been recognized by its technology partners for the contributions
made to their businesses. Allstream is wholly-owned by Manitoba Telecom
Services Inc., which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For
information on Allstream's products and solutions, please visit www.allstream.com.
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