Venezuelan cableco and telecoms services provider NetUno has launched a new VoIP telephony service called Flash Phone, reports BNamericas, which enables clients to have a local fixed number as well as a fixed number in the US. The equipment to use the VoIP service costs VEB175 (USD81), and the monthly fee for the service, which includes 1,000 minutes, is VEB60. Last October, NetUno acquired compatriot company NGT de Venezuela, which specialises in private networks and operates a microwave network reaching from Guarenas to Maracaibo, with access to other cities in the area. NetUno offers basic and long-distance telephony as well as broadband services, and has fibre-optic rings in major urban areas such as Caracas, Maracay, Valencia and Maracaibo. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, NetUno had around 5,000 local telephony users in parts of Caracas and Guarenas-Guatire by the end of 2007, whilst it provides dedicated connections to more than 1,000 SMEs and corporates based on frame relay, ATM and IP platforms.