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MEI Deploys VoSKY's PBX-to-Skype Gateways

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October 06, 2009

MEI Deploys VoSKY's PBX-to-Skype Gateways

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

MEI, a global manufacturer of unattended payment systems, has selected and deployed VoSKY's PBX (News - Alert)-to-Skype gateways to enable free Skype calling for remote and mobile employees, cutting long distance calling costs and increasing intra-company collaboration. 

VoSKY officials said that since installing two Exchange Pro VIS8 gateways to its Avaya (News - Alert) IP PBX and MPLS at its offices in the United States and United Kingom, MEI has reported savings of 30% per month on its international phone bill by using cost-effective SkypeOUT rates. 

Officials said that the VoSKY (News - Alert) gateways enable MEI's remote and mobile associates to dial into MEI's conference centers and call other MEI sites from all over the world for free using Skype (News - Alert)

“We knew that enabling our associates worldwide to utilize this system would deliver significant cost savings to the business and improve our overall communication system,” Randy Ticcino, telecommunications manager for MEI, said. 

Ticcino said that adding the VoSKY Exchange to the Avaya IP PBX has provided a bullet proof, high quality remote client that increases the ability to collaborate as a company, whilst importantly cutting business costs.

“As well as helping MEI significantly cut the cost of its international phone bills, the VoSKY gateways have helped the business to improve levels of communication between its offices and with remote and mobile associates,” David Tang, global vice president of marketing for VoSKY, said.

Tang said that VoSKY offers businesses an easy and cost-effective way to integrate Skype into their communications network, with no complex or expensive infrastructure upgrade. In addition to this, the gateways enable better control and management of Skype in the enterprise network, giving IT and Telecommunication's managers one less thing to worry about, Tang added.

MEI has added global dialling between offices, ultimately reducing international long distance costs with trunking applications as current contracts with Carriers expire. 

MEI also plans to deploy a VoSKY gateway in Switzerland and Mexico later this year. 

In August, VoSKY announced that Taichung Veterans General Hospital, or “TVGH,” deployed the company’s PBX-to-Skype gateway to enable free Skype calling between its nursing station and its Mobility Nursing Trolley, cutting the costs of hospital phone bills and improving communications between medical staff. 

Based in Taichung, Taiwan, TVGH installed the VoSKY Exchange Pro VIT1/E1 gateway to add voice communications to its Mobility Nursing Trolley enabling up to 600 medical staff to make high-quality free Internet-based Skype calls between its nursing station and Trolley. 

This innovative solution helps keep the hospital’s overheads low while improving communications between medical staff when dealing with patient care.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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