Optimum Business Expands Voice Offering to Serve Small Businesses

Bethpage, New York (PRESS RELEASE – June 11, 2011) – Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) announced the expansion of Optimum Voice Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking from Optimum Business. The enhanced offering delivers a high-quality, reliable voice service to small businesses through a converged voice and data network that can scale as needed for up to 100 employees. The service is designed for customers that want to take full advantage of a small business IP PBX system, while avoiding the cost of an analog gateway and traditional T-1 solutions.

Optimum Voice SIP Trunking is now compliant with Avaya IP Office 6.0, adding to the growing list of technology partners working with Optimum Business to deploy an affordable, easy-to-manage communications system. Optimum Voice SIP Trunking is available through Optimum Business as well as third-party resellers in the New York Metropolitan Area.

“Small and medium-sized businesses recognize the superior value and performance that Optimum Business delivers, and our DevConnect compliance with Avaya further enhances the ability to serve our customers with the products and services that help take their business to the next level,” said Joseph Varello, Cablevision’s vice president of business and voice product management. “Our integrated solutions improve the quality and reliability of voice services, simplifies configuration, reduces equipment costs and provides significant room for scalability versus traditional T1 solutions. As a result, Optimum Voice SIP Trunking can grow with our customers and deliver the premium experience they have come to expect from Optimum Business.”

“We share Optimum Business’ enthusiasm for providing the small business community with the products, services and support needed to compete effectively,” said Isabelle Guis, general manager, Small and Medium Enterprise Communications for Avaya. “Optimum Business’ compliance with Avaya gives more small businesses sophisticated, yet easy to use communications services that deliver exceptional value. The integration of Avaya IP Office with Optimum Voice SIP Trunking ensures that businesses do not have to sacrifice easy, intuitive services in order to get the enhanced communications features of large enterprises.”

Key features of Optimum Voice SIP Trunking include:

  • Capacity for 100 Direct Inward Dial (DID) Telephone Numbers – Supports businesses that need up 24 simultaneous call sessions and up to 100 individual phone numbers.
  • Immediate ‘Alternate Call Routing’ – Businesses are able to specify an alternate phone number in the event that an equipment problem is detected, with calls automatically re-routed to ensure business continuity.
  • Flexible Service Adjustments As Needed – Small business customers have the ability for dynamic upgrade of service by simply calling the Optimum Business Service department.
  • Same Great Features As Optimum Voice – SIP Trunking customers enjoy the following features to support their business needs: Caller-ID, White Pages Listing, E911, Call Forwarding, Anonymous Call Blocking and Anonymous Calling.

With unbeatable flat-rate value pricing, Optimum Voice SIP Trunking offers significant savings over traditional T-1 solutions. Specifically, each simultaneous inbound/outbound call session is priced at $29.95 per month, and business customers can select to purchase anywhere from four to 24 sessions. The first block of 10 DIDs is included. Up to 90 additional DIDs are available per customer and are sold in blocks of 10 for $1.95 per block, per month. The flat rate calling area includes the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. SIP Trunking is exclusive to Optimum Online customers and is available for $29.95 per month for the first year.

About Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation’s leading media and entertainment companies. Its assets include cable television operations that provide industry-leading services to more than 3 million New York area households. A state-of-the-art cable system enables the company to offer a full suite of premier residential and business communications services that include its iO TV digital television, Optimum Online high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice digital voice, Optimum WiFi wireless Internet, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications solutions. Cablevision also delivers advanced video, voice and Internet services to more than 300,000 households in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, Cablevision operates several successful programming and entertainment businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Entertainment. Cablevision serves the New York area with compelling local content through News 12 Networks, a local news leader; MSG Varsity, a suite of television and online services covering high school activities; and, Newsday Media Group, a business unit that includes Newsday, Long Island’s leading daily newspaper. The company also owns and operates Clearview Cinemas, which includes Manhattan’s famed Ziegfeld Theatre, a frequent and historic venue for film premieres and events.

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