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November 29, 2013

SIP Trunking Week in Review


By Steve Anderson Contributing SIP Trunking Report Writer



Not even the arrival of Thanksgiving could slow down the arrival of news in the SIP trunking field, and there was plenty to be had this week. But this cornucopia of news that showed up makes for quite a bit to consider, and with a long weekend for many afoot, it's a great chance to step back, relax a bit, and consider the broader implications of all this news. That's just what we'll do now with our Week in Review coverage!


First, we had a look at one of the biggest points impacting the telecom market as a whole: a sheer lack of agility. With huge changes arriving in the field on a regular basis, including the falling off of voice revenue and the explosive growth of data-related services, telecoms have to be prepared to address these changes and keep up with customer demand. That's going to require big changes in basic operations, but pose great opportunity as well.

Next we took a look at the Ooma Office platform for small business. It's a refinement of the Ooma home phone service, offering a step up in terms of the total number of users that can get in on with the expanded platform as well as some new options not available in the home version. It allows for the use of multiple lines, and up to 15 virtual extensions along with five actual extensions. Three-way conference calling, hold functions and call waiting along with conference bridging and several other key features are available as well.

As more phone systems progress to an all-IP presentation, one point became clear in our next news item. Specifically, the need for a master database to help establish the connection between IP addresses and phone numbers. While many believe such an approach is unnecessary, suggesting that the SIP call setup can handle many points required to establish a call, those who call for a database system note that such a thing would really only improve the system, allowing calls to establish faster since less handshaking needs to be done.

Then came a new development from Voice Carrier, whose IntelliSIP Trunking Service recently was certified to work with Panasonic PBX solutions. Voice Carrier's systems were previously found to be Avaya Compliant, but the newest round of testing from Panasonic shows that Voice Carrier's systems will work with Panasonic's KX-TDA50, KX-TDE100 / 200 / 600, and KX-NCP500 / 1000 systems. This opens up a new array of options for those looking for SIP trunking services, and gives Voice Carrier a chance to access several new markets.

Finally, we had a look at a new partnership struck between Telinta and JoHeR, Telinta a specialist in both switching and billing solutions on the voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) market, and JoHeR specializing in operator panels for hosted IP-PBX services. Under the partnership, JoHeR will reportedly offer 10 percent discounts to Telinta customers that select JoHeR's Voice Operator Panel. The Voice Operator Panel system serves as a professional-grade SIP softphone, complete with built-in e-mail systems and Web browser, along with integration with several major tools.

That was the week that was in SIP trunking, and it was clear that there was plenty of news to be had with even a somewhat shortened week. SIP trunking development just doesn't stop, and our global online community doesn't either, keeping up with all the biggest events in the sector. So be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest news in the field, and every weekend for our Week in Review coverage!



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