Thursday, February 12, 2009

Nuvox Update

I spoke with Nuvox yesterday. It looks like they have $30M in the bank, re-financed their debt, and are looking for a possible acquisition. One Communications comes to mind.

The other thing he mentioned was that Nuvox migrated to Google Apps.

NuVox business customers can now access Google's popular Web applications on their own domain such as Google Docs to create, share, and collaborate on documents, presentations, and spreadsheets in real-time and can even gather a variety of business information in one place from Google Sites which brings forth videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text -- and easily share it for viewing or editing with teams or as a company intranet. NuVox's customers can also get access to Gmail with up to 25GB of storage per user, mail search tools, and integrated chat. Gmail also interfaces seamlessly with popular email clients. And also Google Calendar, which helps to coordinate meetings and company events with sharable calendars that work with your company's directory. Schedule meetings, manage conference rooms, and receive "large company" services for small to medium enterprises. Google videos for business and Google Message Filtering are also part of the deal which NuVox’s customers can take advantage of.

It seems that when they mention Google Apps comes with the T1 service, Nuvox gets more appointments.

"The power of Google standing behind email and other essential applications gives our customers a bold edge in the marketplace. Additionally, this is a major advance in NuVox's strategy of offering innovative managed services that are not currently available through other providers." [TMCnet]

Nuvox is a Sylantro shop that is now making a push into SIP trunking, but I just don't see why. Nuvox is one of the most inexpensive CLEC's, selling T1's in many markets for sub-$400. I don't see where its customers would migrate to SIP trunking as a cost savings. As with any SIP trunk, interoperability with the PBX is essential.

"NuVox SIP Trunking is compatible with a variety of premise-based IP-PBX systems including Cisco, Avaya, Ingate, and Digium to date." [TMCnet]

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