Voipfone (www.voipfone.co.uk) is 2009′s best UK VoIP Business Provider for SMEs, according to ITSPA, the Internet Telephone Service Provider’s Association.
The second annual ITSPA Awards were announced in the Strangers’ Dining Room at the House of Commons a few days ago, when Andrew Miller MP hosted more than 100 VoIP industry representatives, parliamentarians and civil servants for the awards ceremony.
Accepting the award for iNet Telecoms (Voipfone’s parent company) CEO Colin Duffy highlighted the achievement of their relatively small brand in winning the Best Provider award in an industry dominated by some of the largest companies in the world.
“We’ve worked extremely hard to provide world class services that match what small businesses are crying out for, and at a price they can afford,” said Duffy.
“It’s a tribute to the Voipfone team that our efforts have been recognised by both the industry and our customers.”
The award hurdles were high. As well as independent reviews of all entries, technical testing - conducted by Epitiro - was introduced, for the first time, for the Best Consumer VoIP and Best Business ITSP (SME) awards.
ITSPA Chairman Eli Katz said: “Despite the tough economic conditions, residential and business customers are increasingly becoming more aware of the opportunities that IP based communications services can offer, including cost, flexibility and new multi-media services.
“The testing regime again showed that VoIP can rival the PSTN for voice quality and reliability”.
The awards winners were:
Best Consumer VoIP - Vonage V-Plan 4i
Best Business ITSP (SMEs) - iNet Telecoms (Voipfone)
Best Business ITSP (Large Enterprise) - ntl:Telewest Business
Best VoIP Hardware - Polycom VVX (TM)1500
Most Innovative VoIP Product - BT IP Exchange
The 2009 ITSPA Awards were open to all those in the VoIP industry, including those who were not members of ITSPA.