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December 14, 2013

SIP Trunking Week in Review


By Rory Lidstone SIP Trunking Report Contributing Writer



The SIP trunking space was pretty busy this week, with a good range of activity from a number of major players in the space. Here’s a look at some of the top stories.

First up, IPitomy introduced a new SIP phone model, the IP290, to its HD family of phones. This latest phone is said to offer a robust HD experience suited particularly to business applications. Indeed, its five-line, back-lit display, four multifunction Soft-Keys, support for the g.722 HD codec, and enhanced audio design with a full duplex speaker phone.


Next, ShoreTel announced that it is revamping its Champion partner program. The changes are largely meant to prevent partners from poaching one another’s deals. This will be accomplished with an opportunity registration system that particularly stops high-tiered partners from taking accounts from lower-tiered partners. The tiers themselves are also new, separating partners into authorized, silver, gold and platinum based on discounting options.

CounterPath, meanwhile, made headlines by announcing a new redesign and unification of its user interface across its entire line of Bria desktop, tablet and mobile softphone clients. According to the company’s vice president of marketing and communications, this will provide users with a completely seamless visual experience to match Bria’s technology. The change was prompter in an uptick in users combining the Bria desktop and mobile offerings.

In other news, Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division introduced a new service called SIP Trunking I-VoIP Service that integrates with IPedge and Strata business telephone systems. The service of course allows users to leverage a data connection for phone calls, while pairing with IPedge and Strate CIX systems ensures SIP trunks are configured with on-demand reserve capacity beyond purchased channels. Either way, the service also offers DID Failover Forwarding, regardless of the customer’s setup.

Finally, GENBAND’s chief technology officer, Fred Kemmerer, was asked to join the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC) to help it drive the FCC’s policies regarding technological advancements. Kemmerer was chosen for is extensive experience in the telecommunications space and in-depth understanding of wireless, IP, broadband, multiservice switching and routing, and next-generation core network technologies.

That’s all for this week, but there’s more SIP trunking news to be found back on the SIP Trunking Report’s front page.



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