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November 14, 2015

SIP Trunking Week in Review; Bandwidth, Patton Electronics, Plantronics


By Steve Anderson Contributing Writer



Session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking is keeping us better connected regardless of location, and we've had another huge week of this market showing us just how it's done. Now that the weekend has come around again, it's a great time to take a few minutes and get a better handle on that week, which we'll do right now with our Week in Review coverage.


First we had a look at Bandwidth, an SIP trunking solutions firm, who recently completed interoperability testing with ShoreTel's unified communications (UC) system. Now compatible with ShoreTel's version 14.2 platform, Bandwidth allows managed service providers (MSPs) access to the complete range of SIP tools without the risk that such won't work with ShoreTel products, meaning there's no need for new hardware going into the launch.

Next, Patton Electronics got together with MetaSwitch to bring its SmartNode VoIP CPE system together with MetaSwitch's MetaSphere IP telephony systems. The combined package gives service providers the option to bring in MetaSphere for customers without requiring the need for major changes to hardware. Patton's SmartNode enterprise session border routers (ESBRs) offer support for several major telephony interfaces, making it fit smoothly into most current operations while providing a slate of new services.

2Talk stepped in on the next bit of news, offering a complete turnkey solution for those looking to start a telecommunications company. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) vendors' solutions are all starting to look vaguely similar, offering that same breed of excellent communications options at comparatively low prices. Thus companies like 2Talk develop a new competitive advantage in a field that's stuffed with competitors.

Then, we had a look at NetSapiens, known for being the "Smart Network Application People" company. NetSapiens' line of tools allow service providers to take some of the focus off of internal operations and put such focus back on the customer, helping to ensure long-term repeat business. With services like patch management, infrastructure management and more, NetSapiens helps keep businesses up and running and focused on the customer.

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Finally, Plantronics stepped in, with a look back from its 53rd anniversary. With the Federal Aviation Administration mandating that Plantronics technology be used in operations and the company being responsible for the headset that Neil Armstrong wore to the moon, it's clear this company understands voice traffic. With several new models on the way, Plantronics won't be resting on its laurels and will instead be pushing forward to get the best in voice transmission and receipt to the market.

That was the week that was in SIP trunking, and once again, the field generated plenty of news. Our global online community had plenty on its plate this week in bringing back all the latest for us to consider. So be sure to join us back here next week for still more SIP trunking news, and every weekend as well for our Week in Review coverage!



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