Inching Westward

VoicePulse will be tripling the number of rate centers it serves throughout the United States over the next two weeks, and has already set up shop in Southern California as part of its expansion across the country.

New Jersey-based Voice over IP service provider VoicePulse will be tripling the number of rate centers it serves throughout the United States over the next two weeks.

The expansion effort, says VoicePulse CEO and President Ravi Sakaria, is part of the company's goal to cover the 48 continental United States by the end of 2004.

Today (Mar. 19), VoicePulse began offering service in California's populous Los Angeles County, the first time the company has offered service on the Pacific coast.

By early April, Sakaria said, VoicePulse will be adding service to 1,800 rate centers throughout the country. Before today, the company served a total of 900 rate centers in 14 states, primarily on the East Coast.

Among the areas to be added in the immediate future, Sakaria says, are Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and others), North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. In addition, Florida coverage will be expanded to include Orlando and Tampa ; and California coverage will be expanded to include most of the southern half of the state.

Sakaria would not say when the company will offer area codes in Northern California, which includes the tech savvy San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley .

The current expansion, says Sakaria, “more than doubles our footprint across the country.”

"From the day we began offering service on the East Coast, we've received thousands of inquiries from people asking when we would expand to California and Texas." said Sakaria. "So I'm very pleased to meet that demand with the addition of these new area codes."

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