From the SIP Trunking Experts

September 09, 2009

ShoreTel Selected as First Vendor for Skype for SIP Interoperability

By Amy Tierney SIP Trunking Report Web Editor

Skype, an online videoconferencing service provider, has selected ShoreTel, an IP Unified Communications provider, as the first vendor for its so-called “Skype for SIP” beta solution.

Skype for SIP, which launched earlier this year, lets IP-based PBX owners place low-cost calls to fixed and mobile phones around the world, and receive inbound calls directly into their PBX system through SIP-enabled UC systems from Skype’s 481 million users.
In addition, organizations that use ShoreTel can reduce costs by directing outbound calls from devices connected to the firm’s UC system through Skype for SIP to landlines and mobile devices globally at Skype’s low rates. Companies that use ShoreTel with Skype for SIP can also buy Skype numbers to use with their ShoreTel UC system to receive inbound calls from landline and mobile phones, company officials said.
SIP trunking is a service offered by Internet telephony service providers that lets businesses adopt VoIP using their Internet connection. The technology lets them communicate with others who rely on the PSTN.
Officials at the Luxembourg-based Skype said the certification will help ShoreTel`s business customers reduce their costs while enhancing their business experience.
"Skype for SIP is easy for businesses to configure and manage using Skype`s Web-based Business Control Panel, making it complementary to ShoreTel`s UC system, which is renowned for its simplicity," said Stefan Oberg, vice president and general manager of Skype for business, in a statement.
Skype for SIP in beta is available to nearly 11,000 ShoreTel enterprise customers.
"As part of our ongoing commitment to a standards-based open ecosystem that offers flexibility and choice, we are delivering a significant competitive advantage to ShoreTel customers with the ability to leverage Skype`s low-cost calling rates and to create an online presence with a click-to-call button that
enables Skype users to call them for free," said John W. Combs, president and CEO at ShoreTel. "The simple-to-configure capabilities of Skype for SIP will further improve the flexibility and efficiency of our customers` operations, while lowering the total cost of ownership even further, and providing the boost
in productivity they are used to seeing from ShoreTel`s UC systems."
The announcement comes on the heels of Skype-owner eBay signing a deal to sell the popular unit for $2.75 billion to group of buyers. Investor group Silver Lake will control 65 percent. Other investors include Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.
EBay announced plans to sell Skype in April. Although the company will separate Skype from its main business, company officials said they believe Skype holds lots of potential as a standalone business venture, TMCnet reported.

Amy Tierney is a Web editor for TMCnet, covering unified communications, telepresence, IP communications industry trends and mobile technologies. To read more of Amy's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney
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