Aastra/Level 3 SIP Services
Your Voice in the Cloud
Universities don't need to be their own phone companies any longer—and don't need to spend millions of capital dollars—when we can work together and deliver phone service across the Internet2 community, using a common model at a low price point per line.
Aastra and Level 3 Communications, as part of the Internet2 NET+ SIP Program, will offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional voice services. Several universities are deploying SIP Services and working together to further develop features and functionality tuned to work particularly well in a research and education environment. The early adopter campuses include Texas A&M University, Tulane University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County with general availability to all eligible campuses in spring 2013.
The Aastra offering will deliver a cloud-based hosted PBX service that includes unified communications, call center and other services. Level 3 will provide SIP-based services such as local trunks, long-distance trunks, toll-free, conferencing and other services. Industry-standard SIP protocols provide flexibility, local control and local survivability, and empower institutions to customize the solution to meet their unique campus needs.
NET+ SIP Program: Aastra® Hosted PBX
Hosted PBX Services are offered using Aastra's Clearspan® platform.
Overview of Aastra and Clearspan, their award-winning Large Enterprise Voice Over IP (VOIP) solution; includes applications, features and benefits.
Clearspan is a complete solution for unified communications providing all of the applications your users need, at any of the locations where they work, on any of the devices they use. It not only offers classic PBX-like services, but also a rich set of enhanced services including unified messaging, fixed-mobile convergence, interactive voice response, conferencing, collaboration and call center applications.
Clearspan allows employees to make and receive calls from any device, at any location, with only one phone number, one dial plan, one voice mailbox, and a unified set of features.
Built from the ground up with Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) at its core, Clearspan supports a wide range of endpoints. This includes desk phones from Aastra or 3rd parties, soft phones, mobile and video clients. And since it provides carrier-grade reliability, it is the perfect choice for institutions that require high-capacity, mission critical performance.
Clearspan Assistant is an integrated toolbar that enables users to make and accept telephone calls, change telephone settings and access directories from within a web browser. In addition, the Clearspan Web Portal allows users to configure personal call services including Call Forwarding, Anonymous Call Rejection, Do Not Disturb, Simultaneous Ringing, Remote Office and Voicemail.
Clearspan Anywhere™ is a native fixed-mobile convergence solution within Clearspan that lets end users designate a single phone number for all incoming and outgoing calls, regardless of which phone they are currently using—mobile, office, home, etc. Calls to a single number ring all phones and the user is free to answer on any device. Once a call is active on the single number, the user is free to pick up any other device and continue the conversation uninterrupted. For example, you can easily move a call from your office phone to your mobile (or vice-versa) without interrupting the conversation.
Clearspan Unified Messaging (PDF) goes beyond classic voicemail and provides users with the flexibility to use and manage their messaging service from anywhere, and over any interface. Clearspan messaging provides all of the features of a traditional voice messaging solution, as well as message delivery to any specified email account, fax and video messaging, and much more.
Clearspan Receptionist (PDF) is an integrated, desktop client application that provides an IP telephony attendant console for use by enterprise receptionists. The objective of Clearspan Receptionist is to simplify business processes and deliver critical information in real time to accommodate professional call handling.
Clearspan Call Center (PDF) provides a range of options from Standard to Premium and clients for Agent or for a Supervisor. Whether your institution needs basic ACD functionality for a single workgroup or a solution for a large number of agents spanning multiple locations, Clearspan's Call Center solution can be tailored to fit your needs.
NET+ SIP Program: Level 3® SIP Trunking
Now you can realize greater value from your university communication offerings. When you converge your campus voice and data onto a single network with the Level 3® SIP Trunking service, you can save network and operational expenses while laying a foundation for next-generation communication and collaboration tools.
Our mature solution is backed by deep IP telephony experience. You get the reliability your institution demands over our large-scale, owned and operated, purpose-built VoIP network.
Moving to VoIP is more than an equipment upgrade. The right provider can help your university reap the benefits of VoIP services and place you on a path that avoids technology obsolescence.
- Work with a VoIP Leader – That helped set the standards for VoIP. After more than 12 years, we've earned a reputation as a trusted provider with an extensive 87% U.S. telephone number coverage in addition to the ability to terminate calls nearly anywhere in the world.
- Deliver New Services Faster – Without large capital and network expenses.
- Migrate on Your Own Schedule – With support for both today's TDM needs and future VoIP migrations.
- Offer the Right Services – Including local and long-distance with optional toll-free, advanced calling, mobility and business continuity features.
- Support Campus 911 Requirements – With Static 911 services for end-user service locations within Level 3's voice footprint, and geographically independent, nomadic 911 services for unified communications deployments.
- Leverage Pooled Concurrent Call Paths – Share idle capacity across the enterprise to reduce oversubscription on site-specific trunks.
- Get Cost-Effective Access – By leveraging your existing Internet2 Network connection to connect to the Level 3 SIP Trunking infrastructure.
- Support Multiple Platforms – The Level 3 SIP Trunking service is offered in conjunction with Aastra for the Internet2 SIP Services offering. Our service is also certified on Avaya®, Cisco® and Microsoft® platforms—and we're confident we can integrate with any platform you deploy.
Additional SIP Trunking Resources
Learn more about Level 3's SIP Trunking capabilities today, or view one of a number of resources we've created to help ready you for advanced voice technology.
- Watch the Video – This brief video shows how the Level 3 SIP Trunking service can centralize your voice network with the security and Nomadic E-911 features your campus environment needs.
- Use the SIP Savings Calculator – With your inputs into this interactive tool, the SIP Trunking ROI Calculator can help you estimate how much you can save over your current PRI solutions.
- Read the Whitepaper – In SIP Trunking: How to Get It — and Where You Can Expect to Save, we walk you through considerations including potential cost savings, improved business practices, and the choices that exist for upgrading an existing voice network.
What are the services available? What is this service about?
What Hosted PBX Services are offered?
What SIP Trunking Services are offered?
- SIP Trunks with Flat Rate Local and Long Distance: This service provides all call termination, both local and long distance, for a flat monthly fee. International calls are measured and billed on a per-minute model.
- SIP Trunks with Flat Rate Local and measured Long Distance: This service provides Flat Rate Local call termination with measured long distance per-minute pricing.
- Level 3 Long Distance and Toll Free: Level 3 Long Distance, International Long Distance, and Toll Free services are all available via as stand-alone service, as well as part of local trunk services.
- Level 3 Conferencing and Collaboration Services: Level 3 provides SIP-based voice, video and Web Conferencing services, either as a stand-alone service or integrated into a local trunk product.
Is there a contractual commitment for the service? If so, what are the terms and conditions?
Do I have to be an Internet2 member to take advantage of these services?
Do you have more details about the service offering?
I'm ready to sign up. What is my next step?
How long will this service be available?
What if the Internet2 Network is down? Will I lose my ability to make and receive phone calls?
Are there a minimum number of stations or trunks that my organization would need to sign up for?
What telephone instrument choices are there?
Will 911 be supported with both Aastra and Level 3?
There is a lot of flexibility with regard to routing calls. Aastra's Clearspan is fully compliant with NENA specifications and has the built-in ability to route E911calls to the appropriate PSAP or local public safety office. In addition, Aastra's Clearspan has the ability for advanced E911 such as dynamic endpoint tracking, security desktop alerting and integration with VoIP Positioning Center services. It is the responsibility of the local institution to maintain accurate entries in the PS-ALI database through their LEC.
If Aastra's Clearspan is chosen to replace an organization's dial tone service, Aastra will route calls as requested by the customer regardless of who provides trunks. If Aastra is not chosen as a dial tone replacement, but Level 3 is chosen for SIP trunks, the organization will need to route the calls appropriately. Level 3 has worked with a variety of customers and should be able to accept call route directions and send the call to the appropriate PSAP if desired.
What if I want to send my emergency calls to my campus police department instead of a PSAP?
What are the prices for the Hosted PBX services?
How long will it take to migrate from my current system to this new service?
Can you describe the migration process to a SIP dial tone service?
What telephone numbers can I/will I use?
I have an NPA/NXX block of numbers. Do I have to migrate them all over at once?
How does the number porting process work? What does it cost me?
I have 3 different campus locations. Can I integrate them all into one dialing plan?
Is it possible to have a dialing plan between different schools?
What about CALEA compliance?
What about ADA compliance?
I need to have detailed billing information for each department and for compliance. How will the bills be handled?
There are a lot of features I have enabled on my PBX today. How do I make sure I have all of those on the Aastra Clearspan service?
How does the SIP phone service integrate with OCS (or LYNC)?
Can I order long distance only? How does that connection work?
How are the long distance calls rated? Is the long distance based on a per-minute or a flat rate?
Who will I call for support? Am I responsible for troubleshooting?
Can I obtain "sample service" if I just want to try this service for a few weeks?
I have mostly Cisco/Avaya/other manufacturer telephones on my campus, will these work on the SIP phone service?
I already have a state contract for my long distance service. Can I purchase only local service?
I recently installed a new PBX System/currently have a PBX. Can I purchase local trunking without the Hosted PBX?
When I call another school on the SIP Service, will it be considered a long distance call? Or will it route over the Internet2 Network to save me money?
What devices do I have to install on campus? Do I have to buy and manage those? What options do I have to select the devices?
A list of compatible devices (Aastra's and other 3rd party products) will be made available. If these devices are purchased from Aastra, all SIP Service support calls will be handled by a single entity.
For SIP trunks, a session border controller (SBC) will be required by Level 3. The customer can purchase and manage their own SBC or the SBC can be purchased from and managed by Level 3. Level 3 supports session border controllers from most vendors.
How does faxing work? Can I continue to use my existing fax machines? Do you have fax to email capabilities?
What are the service levels for the service? What happens if I have poor service?
Thank you for your interest in Internet2 NET+ SIP Services. Please check NET+ Aastra/Level3 SIP Services home for updates as they become available. Check the Internet2 NET+ Initiative site for news and updates on all Internet2 NET+ service offerings. Have a question not answered here? Send an email to email@example.com.