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MeetingZone adds COLT VoIP to its conference service platform

25 January 2010 - COLT, a leading European provider of business communications, today announced it is providing IP connectivity to support MeetingZone's audio conferencing facilities in the UK and Europe. As the UK's largest independent conference and collaboration service provider, MeetingZone will be adding COLT's SIP Trunking service, COLT VoIP Access, to its audio conferencing services in order to deliver high quality, scalable voice services whilst keeping network and bridging costs to a minimum.

Line quality and availability is crucial in a conference call environment. Market demand for conferencing services is continuing to grow rapidly and MeetingZone has selected COLT to deliver a scalable VoIP solution that can handle this growth in business, whilst maintaining the quality, availability and reliability which its customers expect.

Steve Gandy, chief operating officer, MeetingZone said, "It is important to our strategy that we continue to outperform the market growth rates with a quality service at the right price. We are always looking for ways to be more efficient, but without compromising quality and business-grade VoIP can help us do that. In the conference calling environment, users do not tolerate service failure as they might with public VoIP services.

"We chose COLT as they could deliver a complete VoIP solution, which worked with our bespoke call management software and delivered the service experience and other benefits we required," Gandy added. "Looking to the future, COLT's European footprint was also an important factor as it means they can easily support MeetingZone's expansion into the rest of Europe. Over time we also hope to offer different connection options to our customers - such as direct IP connections to our services."

Rob Jupp, head of SME Division at COLT UK, added, "Voice is still the most significant communication tool we use each day and with travel budgets being slashed and many companies taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint, the use of conferencing facilities is on the up. Business-grade services, such as COLT VoIP Access, can help conferencing providers meet market demand for quality, lower cost and more flexible solutions. We expect many providers will be following MeetingZone's lead in the next year."

COLT VoIP Access allows businesses to converge their voice and data networks and route all telephone calls via an IP network and a single access connection. This provides a lower total cost of ownership, improved flexibility in call management and business continuity. By providing a more flexible and effective approach to convergence, COLT VoIP Access helps customers leverage their investment in IP PBX infrastructure and provides a flexible roadmap for unified communications.

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Notes to the editor
COLT has certified leading IP PBXs, including those by Avaya, Nortel, Alcatel Lucent and Cisco, to work with VoIP Access as part of an ongoing certification programme.

About MeetingZone
MeetingZone is the UK's largest independent conferencing and collaboration service provider and offers customers a high performance, low-cost personalised audio and web conferencing service. With operations in Europe and North America, MeetingZone's HQ is located at Thame, Oxford. The company was formed in 2002 by Steve Gandy and Tim Duffy, who collectively have over 30 years experience in the technology and telecoms sector. MeetingZone's customers include many of the FTSE 500 companies in the financial, retail, IT, pharmaceutical and legal sectors. MeetingZone appeared (Sept 2009) in the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 list of the fastest growing technology companies in the private sector and was listed in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2009 (Nov 09) fastest growing technology companies. For more information please visit: www.meetingzone.com

About COLT
COLT is a leading European provider of business communications. COLT specialises in providing data, voice and managed services to major businesses, SMEs and wholesale customers. COLT operates a 13-country, 25,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 34 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 16,000 buildings and 19 COLT data centres.

COLT Telecom Group S.A. is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT). Information about COLT and its services can be found at www.colt.net.

For more information, please contact:
Press contacts
Henny Valder
COLT
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7947 5314
Email: [email protected]

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