Microsoft Lync Adoption Further Enabled by Enhancements to Level 3's Solution Partner Program Company Expands Microsoft Lync Voice Enablement Capabilities
BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that it has bolstered its support for Microsoft Lync* deployments by enhancing its Solution Provider Partner Program for Microsoft Value Added Resellers. The company also has expanded the voice capabilities it provides for Lync by offering customers a trial period when they use Level 3 Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Voice Complete solution to support their Lync deployment; by expanding Enhanced 911 Lync coverage in North America, and by supporting Lync audio conferencing.
"Implementing a Microsoft Lync voice solution can be an important decision for many businesses," said Shaun Andrews, Level 3 senior vice president of Global Voice Services. "Our ability to work with Microsoft Partners to coordinate end-to-end solutions takes a lot of the guesswork and uncertainty out of it for our customers. Together we are helping customers design, deploy and implement new IT and telecom solutions. That's just one way Level 3 continues to enrich the capabilities we offer through the program, and demonstrates our commitment to delivering an outstanding customer experience."
Level 3 already has recruited more than 20 leading Microsoft Partners into the program and is rapidly expanding its go-to-market and partner co-marketing support. The combination of Level 3's SIP Voice Complete solution and Microsoft Lync expertise provides enterprise customers a seamless, worry-free experience as they voice-enable Lync. The Level 3 Solution Provider Partner Program also includes national, regional and global Value Added Resellers, Managed Service Providers, hardware and software suppliers, technology consultants and vertically focused Solution Partners.
Additionally, Level 3 is debuting several enhancements to support Lync deployments:
- Level 3 is offering a trial SIP Voice Complete solution for Lync. The company will install the service in 10 business days (after the date of order acceptance). This allows prospective customers to quickly trial the capability before they commit to a permanent implementation. Customers must have existing direct internet access or a virtual private network installed, and must adhere to deployment parameters outlined in the provided SIP Lync Configuration Guide. They also must provide any equipment, such as headsets or USB telephones. For more information on Level 3 voice-enabling Lync, visit Level3.com/lync.
- Level 3 is adding the ability to support Lync audio conferencing to its existing support for toll-free, local Public Switched Telephone Network connectivity and 911 calling for Lync. The company also is offering customers the option to use Level 3's Ready Access Audio Conferencing solution in the event they decide not to pursue a Lync solution.
- The company will expand coverage of its Nomadic E-911 for Lync capability by 500 locations this year for a total of more than 6,000 on-net Public Safety Answering Point connections, covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. Level 3 is the only carrier with Lync qualification for both SIP Trunking and Nomadic E-911.
For more information on Level 3's Solution Provider Program, visit http://www.level3.com/en/partner-programs/solution-provider-program/.
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Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in 55 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. For more information, visit www.level3.com.
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