White Plains, NY (March 8, 2004)–National Mobile Television has announced plans to offer Vonage broadband telephone service on two of its mobile production trucks. Scheduled to launch in April 2004, the pilot program will offer NMT’s clients the benefit of fixed area codes and phone numbers on a per truck basis, as well as easy access to phone service.
Broadband telephony offers faster installation and significantly lower costs than traditional temporary telephone service used by most live broadcasts. The agreement with Vonage provides NMT with exclusive rights to the company’s technology within the mobile broadcasting industry.
Vonage service utilizes the company’s Media Terminal Adapter (MTA), which is plugged into a broadband connection such as a T1 line, cable modem or DSL connection. Beginning in April, the adapters will be installed in two of NMT’s trucks, allowing local and long distance telephone service to be available directly from the truck, provided the venue is equipped with the proper broadband service. The Vonage service is inexpensive and easy to install, allowing NMT to charge its clients a small, flat fee per event.
“This new pilot program with Vonage underscores our commitment to simplify the process of televising live events, allowing our clients to reduce their costs and focus their resources on the on-air product,” said Jerry Gepner, president of NMT. “This could potentially save our clients a significant amount of time and resources each year.”
With Vonage, NMT is able to offer multiple phone lines as well as permanent dial-in numbers that travel with each truck. The company can also allow customers to select their own area codes, so calls to and from the home office can be treated as local calls, regardless of the distance.
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