4/6/2005 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX), a leading developer of integrated systems, platforms, components and software; Phonetics LC, developer of SwitchmaxxTM Unified Self-CareTM solutions for rural telcos; and Missouri Network Alliance (MNA), an alliance of rural telcos throughout Missouri; announced they are partnering to offer small and mid-size carriers cost-effective, revenue-generating solutions for VoIP migration.
The partnership, dubbed the “PerforMaxx AllianceTM Partner Program,” was formed to promote Phonetics LC’s SwitchmaxxTM Web-based solutions and Performance Technologies’ SEGwayTM SS7/IP STP products. To further the success of this effort, MNA is providing engineering, installation and testing services for partners and telcos implementing the solution. MNA has been a customer of Performance Technologies’ SEGway Mini-STP since 2003.
The PerforMaxx Alliance enables telcos to streamline costs while offering advanced, “VoIP-like” features such as Web voicemail. The PerforMaxx solution uses SS7 signaling on the TDM network so telcos can implement these services and compete more effectively while leveraging their existing infrastructure. Partners participating in the program can offer customers reduced SS7 infrastructure costs and a suite of advanced, revenue-generating applications, such as Advanced Parental Controls, Advanced One Number/Find Me and Do Not Disturb with Override, all installed by MNA. Switchmaxx supports TDM, SS7 and VoIP signaling on the same platform, so telcos can introduce VoIP-like features now and seamlessly migrate customers to VoIP at their request.
Based on Phonetics’ patent-pending Unified Self Care software, Switchmaxx provides a Web-based communications portal that allows end-users to shop, buy and manage all of their telco services with the ease of point-and-click technology. It is the only full-featured product that allows users to control all of their own features for PSTN, intelligent network and IP-based telephony networks alike.
Performance Technologies’ SEGway Mini-STP and Compact-STP products offer ideally scaled and priced STP alternatives for smaller carriers looking to deploy cost-effective, VoIP-like services on their own circuit-switched signaling network. The STPs allow operators to manage and take control of their SS7 network in order to reduce infrastructure costs and implement a variety of value-add service offerings, such as the Switchmaxx solution.
“Switchmaxx allows carriers to build customer loyalty and generate new revenue while reducing operating expenses – an ideal solution for any small carrier trying to remain competitive,” said Deb Brunner-Walker, product manager for Performance Technologies. “By combining forces, we are enabling telcos to leverage their existing infrastructure to deliver advanced features to customers. Partnering with MNA for installation provides the carrier additional SS7 networking and engineering expertise. MNA’s expertise in configuring and engineering will reduce installation and service activation time and offer carriers a turn-key experience as they take control of their network.”
“Ultimately, end-users care most about the features and quality of the services they receive, not the transport technology deployed in the network,” said David Raehpour, CEO of Phonetics. “Our solution enables telcos to deliver VoIP-like features today and migrate their network infrastructure when they are ready. Performance Technologies’ SEGway Mini-STP consolidates and routes SS7 traffic locally, which further reduces infrastructure costs.”
Performance Technologies and Phonetics will exhibit at the VoIPossibilities show, April 13 through 15 in Dallas, Texas. To hear more about this joint effort, visit the companies in booths 120 and 121.
About Phonetics LC
Phonetics LC (www.switchmaxx.com) develops and markets software solutions that help communications providers differentiate their voice, video and data services. Based on the company’s patent-pending Unified Self-CareTM software, SwitchmaxxTM provides a customizable interface that drives end-user adoption of services, generating new revenue while reducing operating expenses. Its telco-grade open standards architecture provides a single user interface for customer self-care of legacy, advanced intelligent network (AIN) and VoIP-based services. Phonetics LC is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. For more information, visit www.switchmaxx.com.
About Missouri Network Alliance, L.L.C.
The Missouri Network Alliance, LLC (MNA) was organized on May 21, 1999 as a Missouri Limited Liability Company. An operating agreement among fourteen initial Member Companies was executed on October 15, 1999. The MNA members are independent telephone companies doing business in the state of Missouri.
The majority of the MNA Member Companies have been serving rural Missouri communities for over fifty years. All of the MNA members have a strong history and reputation of serving their communities with the highest level of integrity and dedication. MNA is deeply committed to upholding that reputation through its focus on customer service and quality. MNA intends to leverage the field support of its members, along with the expertise and experience of its own staff in Kansas City, to provide its customers with the best customer service experience possible.
About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) develops the systems, platforms, components and software solutions for the world's evolving communications infrastructure. Our broad customer base includes companies in the communications, military and commercial markets. Serving the industry for more than 20 years, our complete line of embedded and system-level products enables equipment manufacturers and service providers to offer highly available and fully-managed systems with time-to-market, performance and cost advantages.
Performance Technologies is headquartered in Rochester, New York. Additional operational and engineering facilities are located in San Diego and San Luis Obispo, California; Norwood, Massachusetts and Ottawa, Canada. For more information, visit www.pt.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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