DENVER, April 7, 2010 – Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) today introduced a new unified communications service platform that allows enterprise businesses, government agencies and educational institutions to merge traditional telephony networks with Internet Protocol (IP)-based data networks.
Qwest iQ Hosted Unified Communication Service (iQ HUCS) provides end users the benefits of integrating voice, e-mail and video services so they are accessible by landline phones, mobile phones, smart phones and computers. It also leverages Cisco multitenant call management that allows enterprises to utilize existing network elements while laying the foundation for unified communications capabilities. The solution also features an integrated operations system that allows customers to easily manage day-to-day administrative functions and gain operational cost efficiencies.
Under a recently signed agreement, Arizona State University (ASU) will be the first Qwest customer to adopt Qwest iQ HUCS. ASU will utilize the service platform across its four campuses to serve more than 70,000 students, faculty and staff.
- Qwest iQ HUCS allows enterprises to easily merge legacy voice and IP data network infrastructures for a smooth, cost-effective migration to a single IP-based communication platform.
- Qwest iQ HUCS integrates voice, e-mail and video services that are accessible by landline phones, mobile phones, smart phones and computers. The platform also offers advanced messaging, IP fax, collaboration, and single-number reach service capabilities.
- The iQ HUCS platform is managed by Qwest, and customers can easily perform on-site moves, adds and changes (MACs) and other day-to-day administrative functions using a turnkey Web-based, operations system. The integrated system can help customers reduce user set-up times by up to 50 percent.
- Qwest iQ HUCS is designed for enterprise businesses, government agencies and education institutions interested in a converged network platform that is scalable, affordable and easy to manage.
- In addition to the immediate benefits, Qwest iQ HUCS provides the foundation for future unified communications services as they are developed. Businesses also benefit from having all of their unified communications and collaboration needs managed over Qwest’s IP network.
Dan O’Connell, research director, Gartner
“The complexity of communications has saddletwork assets and a wide array of communication devices. Unified communications platforms provide a logical migration for enterprises interested in moving to an integrated, IP-driven environment that offers feature-rich benefits for end users and administrators.“
Eric Bozich, vice president, Qwest Product Management
“Qwest iQ HUCS is a perfect solution for large customers interested in quickly and cost-effectively migrating to a unified-services platform. Customers are able to leverage their existing voice and data network investments, reap the benefits of an integrated network, and maximize efficiencies through an IP-centric architecture.”