CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2008 – InterCall, the world’s largest conferencing and collaboration services provider, is raising the bar for international conferencing quality with its launch of Global Network Access. Supported by an industry-first technology solution designed to address common international conferencing woes, Global Network Access has passed a rigorous third-party testing and certification process to ensure it offers superior audio quality and a user-friendly experience. According to Advanced Technology Group’s research, the result is a product that delivers a near perfect audio experience 97 percent of the time, versus traditional international systems which experience problems with audio quality 14 percent of the time.
“We wanted to change the game – and we did that with Global Network Access,” said Robert Bellmar, InterCall’s vice president of global production infrastructure. “This new technology radically changes the architecture and customer experience of an international conference call by putting InterCall in control of call quality, instead of relying on third-party partners. Working with Advanced Technology Group, we were able to confirm that this technology drives a superior audio and customer experience.”
Global Network Access, an innovative option with InterCall’s Reservationless-Plus® conferencing, provides a simple, cost-effective link for international conferences through an industry-first distributed conferencing solution. Instead of using a centralized bridge, Global Network Access offers local dial-in and bridging located throughout the world that operates as one large virtual bridge.
InterCall tapped Advanced Technology Group (“ATG”), an independent executive management and information technology consulting company, and its partners, Customer Contact Insights and Kelly Management Services, to put Global Network Access to the test. ATG designed a Quality of Service certification program deploying best-in-class third-party partners with the global reach and statistical expertise required for unbiased, accurate certification of a global network. Results, which were then benchmarked against traditional centralized bridging solutions, proved that Global Network Access had consistent superior performance.
Michael Walsh, President of Advanced Technology Group commented, “ATG applied its thorough Quality of Service testing and continuous improvement methodology when certifying InterCall’s global conferencing. The program focused on real world conferencing scenarios, data accuracy, user experience quality metrics and rigorous statistical analysis. When an issue was identified, root cause was isolated and each issue was corrected as a requirement for achieving certification levels. Based on our findings and performance improvement recommendations, InterCall customers can rely on Global Network Access.”
InterCall, a subsidiary of West Corporation, is the largest conference and collaborations service provider in the world, and a leading provider of global cloud-based unified communications services. Founded in 1991, InterCall offers telephony, messaging, conferencing and collaboration tools for businesses of all sizes, from large global enterprises to small or regional companies. With a global footprint and broad service capabilities, InterCall’s flexible models for hosted, managed and on-premises communication services help companies get the most out of their business processes.
InterCall's strong U.S. presence, including four call centers and 26 sales offices, is bolstered by operations in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. For more information, please visit www.intercall.com.