8X8 Takes SMB Cloud Services to Canada

8×8 is headed to the Great White North: the VoIP provider has announced that it is expanding its cloud-based business communications services into Canada.

The launch is the first in a series of expansions outside of its home market of the United States, the company said.

Canadian businesses and channel partners now have access to the 8×8 Virtual Office cloud communications suite, which provides small and medium businesses (SMBs) with services like hosted VoIP, contact center, UC and video conferencing. Customers can select local phone numbers in each province as well as virtual numbers from Canada, the United States and around the world, both of which save inbound callers the expense of long-distance charges.

Companies with locations in Canada and the United States can now have a consolidated virtual PBX, enabling extension dialing with high-definition audio between international locations, with no per minute charges. 8×8’s Virtual Office also gives SMBs the option, at no additional cost, of extending those services to smartphones and tablets with a mobile office extension.

“8×8’s cloud communications services are designed to provide the reliability, flexibility and scalability that Canadian companies need,” said 8×8 chairman and CEO Bryan Martin. “More than 30,000 U.S. businesses use 8×8, and this expansion is a major first step toward providing SMBs worldwide with a cost-effective, enterprise-grade way to empower their communications.”

All 8×8 services comply with applicable Canadian laws, the company noted, including the ability to locate 911 callers, which many SMBs consider a key requirement before they’ll consider VoIP.

8×8’s services will be delivered from its network of data centers in the US and Saskatchewan, Canada.

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