Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Aastra also Jumps Into IP-PBX Game

IP-phone vendor introduces Asterisk appliances to sell with its SIP phones.
Many IP-PBX vendors use Aastra Telecom SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) phones as part of the turnkey telephony systems they sell to small businesses. But those vendors often provide other phones in their packages as well, which means they do not offer customers the full range of Aastra phones. Aastra has devised a solution to that problem by developing its own IP PBX to sell with its phones.
he new product, which Aastra is introducing at the Spring 2008 VON.x Conference and Expo in San Jose, Calif., is called AastraLink Pro Model 160. Described as a"fanless appliance" by Astra Telecom executive vice president Yves Laliberte, the new product is built around DSP (digital signal processing) chips and solid-state electronics instead of conventional servers. It uses the Linux operating system and Asterisk call-control software. Aastra added its own user interface on top of the Asterisk program to make Pro Model 160 easier to set up and operate.

The PBX benefits from tight integration with the Aastra phones. A particular advantage is ease of use, according to Laliberte. After opening the box, a card instructs the user to plug a phone into a color-coded port. A few questions appear on the phone's LCD screen, asking for preferred language, time zone, and other features. Then the PBX gives the phone an extension number and it is ready to make calls. When other phones are plugged in, they also get automatic extensions. Wizard-based software allows the administrator to override the default choices and give phones different extension numbers.

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3CX and VoIPon Offer Enterprise Level IP Telephony Solution for Businesses

A fully integrated and easy to use VoIP solution is delivered through tested interoperability

London, 9 April, 2008 – 3CX (, the international developer of the multi-awarded 3CX Phone System for Windows, and VoIPon (, a worldwide business to business distributor of the highest quality voice over IP solutions, have announced a strategic alliance providing a fully integrated business grade voice solution using VoIP (voice over IP) telecommunications technology.

Companies using 3CX IP PBX for Windows can now take advantage of the many voice services in VoIPon’s portfolio with assurance that the products have been tested for interoperability. The solution, which integrates VoIP and SIP technologies, is intended to help businesses increase employees’ mobility and productivity while reducing the cost of local and international telephone calls.

“We are pleased to have achieved comprehensive interoperability with VoIPon services”, said Nick Galea, CEO of 3CX. "The combination of VoIPon voice services and 3CX Phone System for Windows delivers a great value and innovative IP telephony solution that enables the business community to reduce telecommunications costs and to boost their profit margins."

Alexis Argent, Sales Manager at VoIPon Solutions said: "We are excited to have 3CX as a partner. 3CX Phone System for Windows has a unique feature set that is ideal for the SMB market and perfect for our customers. It offers a scaleable and easy to install alternative to proprietary PBX telephony solutions; and with VoIPon services the solution can help businesses enjoy substantial savings on traditional telephone bills."

The solution is offered worldwide, providing businesses with VoIPon services such as call credit, incoming 01/02 Geographic numbers, 0800 VoIP freephone number, 0845 VoIP local number, VoIPon tariffs, and much more, all securing low call rates. This is brought together with 3CX software-based IP PBX, a phone system that is extremely simple to install and configure, and yet includes advance features such as integrated fax server, phone provisioning, and unified messaging.

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About 3CX

3CX is an international developer of telecommunications software, headquartered in Europe with offices in Cyprus, USA, UK and Hong Kong. It is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and is backed by an experienced management and development team. Its product, 3CX Phone System for Windows, developed specifically for the SMB market, has earned Windows Server 2003 Certification and has received numerous awards, including the TMC Labs 2007 Innovation Award, The Gold Award, as well as, the IT EXPO Best of Show award 2007 and the INTERNET Telephony Magazine Product of the Year Award, all in recognition to the company’s commitment to innovation and quality. 3CX maintains a global presence with offices in four countries and localized information available in various languages.

About VoIPon Solutions

VoIPon is a trading division of Keison International Ltd, which has been successfully distributing industrial products around the world for over 20 years. VoIPon utilises this experience in the rapidly expanding area of voice over IP telecommunications technology. Since 2005, VoIP on has gone from strength to strength, growing rapidly year on year by diversifying their product portfolio and building ongoing relationships with manufacturers and re-sellers, cementing their reputation as one of the most progressive companies in their field. VoIPon’s portfolio features the widest range of market leading brands available today. VoIPon shares the industry's vision, and believes in this market's potential, due to the multiple innovations and benefits available through VoIP. VoIPon is accredited to both ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 Quality and Environmental international standards.