Smoothstone IP Communications and Masergy Announce Strategic Alliance

Smoothstone IP Communications and Masergy Announce Strategic Alliance

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LOUISVILLE, KY/DALLAS, TX (Sept. 16, 2008) – Smoothstone IP Communications and Masergy have announced a partnership combining Smoothstone’s powerful IP Voice Services and Communications Applications with Masergy’s industry-leading Intelligent Transport network services.

This alliance combines Masergy, a global network service provider specializing in simplifying business networks for enterprises, with one of the most mature, proven native IP MPLS networks, with Smoothstone’s On-Demand voice application platform, to create one of the most compelling converged enterprise communication solutions available. Masergy’s network is built to deliver the highest quality network experience for converged business application performance, while the Smoothstone suite of converged voice applications provides enterprise voice services, allowing clients to obtain On-Demand converged voice and data services for the first time.

“We are extremely excited about this alliance with Masergy,” said Jon Jorgl, Smoothstone’s Chief Development Officer, “By layering our managed voice services and proprietary communications solutions of Smoothstone across Masergy’s global MPLS network, clients and prospects can now take advantage of Smoothstone’s applications.”

Smoothstone and Masergy have directly interconnected their private networks to ensure optimal voice quality and security for their customers. The alliance with Smoothstone gives Masergy customers the ability to purchase local and long distance voice services in 8,000 domestic rate centers and a full suite of On Demand business communications applications including Hosted Call Center solution, Disaster Recovery call routing, voice recording, and interactive applications. Smoothstone customers will benefit from Masergy’s native IP MPLS global network infrastructure that provides unparalleled real time customer control and visibility.

“Masergy’s network is one of the very few out there robust enough to carry our interactive real-time voice traffic and still have all the Smoothstone SLAs and quality commitments”, said Jeff Wellemeyer, Smoothstone’s Chief Technical Officer. “Their network was built from the ground up for next-generation applications. It is extremely rewarding when you can take the leading companies in each of their industry segments and by combing their expertise and technologies, deliver a compelling product.”

Masergy’s strategic alliance with Smoothstone combines two best of breed companies to deliver a world class converged service,” said John Dumbleton, Masergy’s Senior Vice President of Business Development. “This alliance is one example of Masergy’s ongoing Application Eco-System initiative. By partnering with world class application providers, Masergy is customizing solutions for customer mission critical applications.”

About Masergy:
Masergy is a privately held global network service provider that has redefined the networking experience by delivering innovative products, advanced capabilities and a superior customer experience, all on an integrated IP/MPLS global network. Serving hundreds of customers throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, Masergy’s WAN services and advanced networking capabilities deliver a superior customer experience and support seamless network convergence for superior voice and video performance. Masergy’s customers include companies from the financial/banking, healthcare, entertainment broadcasting, hospitality/hotels and manufacturing industries. Masergy received the 2008 Nemertes Research Pilot House Awards for Best Overall MPLS Service and Best Overall Customer Experience for Emerging Providers. More information is available online at or by calling +1 866-MASERGY.

About Smoothstone IP Communications:
Smoothstone is the leading nationwide provider of On-Demand Enterprise Communication Services, enabling our clients with advanced IP services and applications for improved visibility and control. Our enterprise clients can eliminate the need to manage multiple vendor relationships or buy and maintainseparate hardware, management software, and infrastructure platforms for their voice and datacommunications. Smoothstone’s platform offers local dial-tone in 8,000 domestic rate centers, domestic and international long distance over a private MPLS network, and a full suite of On-Demand business communication applications including Hosted Call-Center solutions, Disaster Recovery, call routing, voice recording, and interactive collaboration. For more information, visit www.smoothstone.com or call (800) 773-3037.