There was a lot going on this week in the SIP trunking space. Here are some of the top stories.
First up, in an effort to further innovation, the FCC is supporting Vonage to enter a trial phase in Atlanta, Boston and Phoenix with direct access phone numbers. This means that Vonage has been able to bypass the usual and unnecessary process of getting numbers from traditional telephone companies and simply dish out number directly. The FCC gave Vonage 150,000 numbers in April to do this and the trial began on July 31. If successful, this may become common practice in the U.S.
Next, Zultys and TelePacific Communications partnered this week in an effort to make SIP trunking more accessible through interoperability. As suhc, TelePacific's dynamic SIP trunking solution, SmartVoice, is now certified interoperable with Zultys' all-in-one IP Phone Systems.
In other news, San Diego-based mobile cloud communication service Voxox partnered with Telereliance Communications and Teleficient Communications to provide VoIP, messaging, fax, voicemail and media sharing for consumers and businesses in Western Africa. Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Liberia in particular are receiving those services via Voxox's hosted cloud communication service co-branded as ChatMore in Ghana and AwiKoneKt in the other countries.
Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Tecore Networks is gearing up to demonstrate its Intelligent Network Access Controller (iNAC) at the upcoming American Correctional Association's 143rd Congress of Correction Conference from August 11 to 13. The company will also discuss its iNAC technology solution's capability to cater to user requirements.
Finally, Grandstream Networks re-entered the IP-PBX market this week with the release of the UCM6100 IP-PBX all-in-one communications appliance. Aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, multi-site offices and home users, the UCM6100 is a single, compact unit that is easy to install and manage. Despite this, it still enables some relatively advanced voice, video, mobility and data capabilities without the licensing fees typical of such solutions.
That about wraps up this week, but there's more SIP trunking news to be found on the SIP Trunking Report main page.