By passing the criteria set by the newly launched Edgewater Networks’ PBX interoperability certification program, service providers can leverage the company’s own interoperability labs rather than investing in conducting testing internally.
The service, dubbed "Quick Connect," supposedly gives the opportunity for SIP Trunking service providers to outsource testing to bring down costs and expand markets. The formal certification process is to make sure that SIP-based PBXs are properly operated with the service provider network. The process includes 60 individual tests certifying PBX systems from providers such as Avaya, Asterisk, Barracuda Networks, Cisco, Microsoft, Mitel, NEC, Nortel, Panasonic, ShoreTel, Siemens, Talkswitch, Toshiba and more.
Dave Norman, chief executive officer at Edgewater Networks commented, “SIP is great framework but does not guarantee interoperability due to different interpretations of the standard by manufacturers. Quick Connect provides customized testing against the unique infrastructure of each service provider with industry leading voice and video equipment.”
Service providers can avail the certification process to enjoy benefits like reduced time to market, and more free valuable internal resources that can be redirected to increase core operational efficiency and reach further into the SIP Trunking market.
The Quick Connect service is stated to be available as a one-time, single certification, or in groups of certifications.
Edgewater Networks explained that it develops products that ensure the secure and reliable delivery of IP-based voice and video for service providers and enterprises. The company already put in place a “Plug & Dial Alliance” program that provides interoperability testing for multi-vendor VoIP networking environments and automated setup of customer premises equipment, including many brands of SIP-based IP phones.
The idea behind this program was to bring technology partners together to simplify and automate the delivery of VoIP for enterprises and service providers.