Seednet to offer VoIP services with partners

By Joyce Chang, The China Post

Seednet, Aurora Systems and Welltech Computer on Friday announced that they are to join forces to offer enterprises a solution for telephony service on the Internet.

“The strong alliance combines leading edge technologies from Seednet’s IP infrastructure and Welltech’s VoIP (voice over IP network) products, as well as Aurora’s sales channel on office automation facilities and PBX specialties,” said Aurora chairman Steve Chou.

The service involves telecom operators renting leased lines or bandwidth from Chunghwa Telecom and then reselling it as their own phone call packages to end-users. It is scheduled to open in July. Internet service providers (ISPs) are generally optimistic about the market potential of this new business.

For the service, Seednet’s president C. J. Cherng said, Seednet will offer corporate clients phone call services by ADSL.

Compared to previous IP gateways, Welltech said, its solutions feature extensive capabilities, simple installation without the need for telephone lines, and an open software system. “The service can help users significantly reduce their long-distance and international phone call fees,” said Welltech marketing manager Catherine Kuo. According to research from the International Data Corporation, the VoIP market is estimated to worth US$208 million in 2001, and is predicted to grow to US$16.5 billion by 2004.