Singapore customers of managed network services firm NTT Communications (NTT Com) will be the first in the world to be able to take advantage of a new voice communications option as part of an expanded virtual private network (VPN) service.
From tomorrow (Tuesday, 31 May 2011), Singapore customers will be able to use NTT Com's SIP Trunking Plan which, the company says, will "allow ArcstarTM Global IP-VPN users to dial external lines for high-quality, low-rate voice communications worldwide".
NTT Com maintains that the SIP Trunking Plan will reduce total cost of ownership by unifying voice and data communications over the Arcstar Global IP-VPN.
"Operation and maintenance will also be simplified by this one-stop, end-to-end solution combining the necessary systems and hardware for voice and data, including network and devices (VoIP gateway)," the company said in a statement.
The new voice service will be gradually expanded to cover other regions, making the plan available worldwide by March 2012.
NTT Com says incoming calls from external lines will be covered under the plan from April 2012 at the earliest.
According to NTT, their Arcstar Global IP-VPN services "enable multinational enterprises to realise seamless, cost-effective network communication among domestic and global offices in 159 countries and regions worldwide".
NTT Com says that at the end of 2010, they were operating 33 data centres outside Japan. They plan to add premium data centres soon in Singapore and Hong Kong.
The Singapore Serangoon Data Centre is expected to be operating by the first quarter of 2012, and Hong Kong's planned Tseung Kwan O data centre is scheduled to begin operations in the first quarter of 2013.
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