VoSKY launches T1/E1 PBX-to-Skype Gateway

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VoSKY launches T1/E1 PBX-to-Skype Gateway

VoSKY today launched a high-density T1/E1 PBX-to-Skype Gateway. Who needs SIP trunks when you can have 23 or 30 simultaneous Skype trunks?

Though I'd like to see a 100% software-based gateway solution for IP-PBXs, since like Skype, they run on the IP network already. Still for traditional PBXs with T1/E1 interfaces, getting a PBX-to-Skype gateway to migrate away from expensive per minute charges on the traditional PSTN makes a lot of sense. Often the biggest cost of migrating to a 100% VoIP network is not only the IP-PBX but the plethora of IP phones you have to purchase. Some companies may not have the budget for it, but they still want to cut costs. One way to do that is by switching to IP trunking - whether it's SIP trunks or Skype trunks.

Of course, I should mention that many IP-PBXs also come with T1/E1 hardware cards, so VoSKY's gateway would still work on them as well. But like I say, I'd like to see a 100% software-based solution with no TDM interface card. Essentially, I'd like to see an appliance that sits on the network and can connect directly to an IP-PBX over the IP network rather than the TDM interface and simultaneously it connects to the Skype network. It would essentially be a Skype-to-SIP gateway, similar to these Skype-to-SIP gateways I've mentioned.

Anyway, check out the news...

VoSKY Introduces Industry's First Skype-Certified, High Density T1/E1 PBX-to-Skype Gateway for the Enterprise Market

Based on VoSKY's next-generation enterprise-grade Linux platform, the new VoSKY Exchange Pro VIT1/E1 enables businesses to benefit from Skype's dramatic cost savings and enhanced communication features.

Sunnyvale, Calif., July 29, 2008 - VoSKY, the market leader in developing Skype for business solutions, continued its acceleration of Skype deployment in the business environment by adding the VoSKY Exchange Pro VIT1/E1 to its award-winning PBX-to-Skype gateway family. Based on VoSKY's latest enterprise-grade Linux platform, the VoSKY Exchange Pro VIT1/E1 enables medium to large-sized enterprise organizations to cost-effectively migrate to Voice over IP (VoIP), and enjoy dramatic cost savings up to 90% over traditional telco trunks.

The new solution marks the industry's first enterprise-grade T1/E1 PBX-to-Skype gateway to achieve Skype certification - underscoring its unmatched performance and reliability in the market. Skype certification ensures complete interoperability with and optimal performance of all Skype features and services. The plug-and-play appliance is also fully certified and endorsed by key PBX vendors to further simplify integration in the enterprise environment.

The VoSKY Exchange Pro VIT1/E1 seamlessly integrates with existing corporate PBXs with T1 or E1 digital interfaces, allowing businesses to take advantage of Internet Telephony without replacing their existing network infrastructure. With a VoSKY Exchange gateway, employees can make and receive Skype calls from their regular office phone - no Skype software, computers, or headsets are required. In addition, the stand-alone, 1U rack-mountable appliance is easy for telecom/IT managers to configure and manage.

VoSKY's latest gateway can support up to 30 concurrent Skype calls using E1 ISDN PRI or up to 23 calls with T1 ISDN PRI, providing scalable performance for enterprise applications. Companies can take advantage of Skype's newly launched Unlimited World plans for ultra low cost international and long distance calls to customers and business partners. Multiple VoSKY Exchange gateways can also be set up in dispersed office locations to enable free calling between colleagues in different coasts, countries, or continents.

In addition to low cost Skype trunking, VoSKY's Web Click-to-Call optimizes online sales and marketing efforts, by incorporating both direct web click-to-call for Skype users and call back for non-Skype users. Another value-added application is remote access where remote workers and frequent travelers can tap into the company phone system from wherever they are - allowing them to talk to the office for free, place low cost international calls, and access the same call control functionality as if they were sitting in the office.

"As the world's largest VoIP network, Skype's scalability, reliability, security, and voice quality make it a perfect fit for demanding enterprise applications. By combining our next-generation Linux platform and T1/E1 trunk support, the new VoSKY Exchange Pro VIT1/E1 ensures that even large organizations can easily benefit from the huge cost savings of VoIP service without a complex or expensive infrastructure upgrade," said David Tang, VP of Global Marketing at VoSKY.

The addition of the VoSKY Exchange Pro VIT1E1 completes VoSKY's PBX-to-Skype portfolio to meet the needs of companies of all sizes - from SMBs to large enterprises. VoSKY Exchange gateways seamlessly integrate with legacy and next-generation telecommunications equipment via industry standard analog FX/FXS and digital T1/E1 interfaces.

About VoSKY
Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, VoSKY is the global leader in empowering businesses to leverage Skype, the world's largest VoIP community with more than 338 million registered users. The company's proven, enterprise-grade solutions create new opportunities for small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs) and enterprises to reduce communications costs and improve productivity. VoSKY Exchange, the company's flagship product, is an award-winning PBX-to-Skype application gateway that seamlessly integrates a company's phone system with Skype. This plug-and-play platform is compatible with any existing TDM or IP PBX phone system.

VoSKY is a wholly owned subsidiary of Actiontec Electronics. In addition to its headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA, VoSKY maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Basingstoke, United Kingdom; Beijing, China; Bogota, Colombia; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more information please visit the VoSKY website at www.vosky.com.

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