Westcon in iHub Launch

In what they describe as being ‘Instant Communication Solutions for UK SMBs’ iHub, a UK-based telecom provider, has launched a channel hosted telephony service using the IP Powered SC2000 Business Solution from Nortel.

iHub say they offer reliable, resilient, hosted services for channel partners to resell to the SMB market. Their SIP-based offerings mean that SMBs have access to a range of communications applications including instant messaging, multimedia conferencing and IP telephony.

“Nortel believes in providing SMBs with the opportunity to choose the best communications solution that meets their individual needs,” said Peter Newcombe, president, Carrier Networks EMEA, Nortel. “We have a highly successful range of IP-PBX offerings, but not every SMB wants to build and run its own enterprise communications system. Recognising this, we’ve been working with forward-thinking telcos, like iHub, to ensure that reliable, resilient hosted services are another option available in the market.”

In a related announcement, distributor Westcon has announced its partnership with iHub to launch 4SureConnections. Westcon’s Simon Thompson said, “The ‘white label’ solution will enable Westcon resellers to provide a hosted telecommunications solution — helping increase their overall value proposition to end-users and allowing them to benefit from predictable revenues.”

Additionally, Nortel has provided iHub with marketing and sales tools including SMB sales guides, end-user business cases, sales training and demonstration videos.