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Adtran NetVanta 7100 launches

March 5, 2006

The Adtran NetVanta 7100 "all in one" converged IP-PBX launches Monday targetting the SMB market with a maximum of up to 50 IP phones supported. The Adtran NetVanta 7100 is a 24-port 10/100 PoE switch (802.3af), with 802.1Q VLANs and 802.1p Class of Service system, featuring built-in IP-PBX functionality, voicemail (CompactFlash memory), SIP gateway, IP router, Gigabit uplinks, Power of Ethernet (PoE) ports, Firewall, VPN, and DSU/CSU.

Without a doubt the Adran NetVanta 7100 is the most converged "one box" IP-PBX solution I have come across with its ability to simply "plop" the unit into a business office, terminate the T1 voice trunk lines, terminate the IP extensions, and perform all the voice & data routing with full security..The NetVantage 7100 is aimed at the SMB market and addresses Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and ease of use that plagues other IP-PBX deployments.

The NetVanta 7100 was built on the same Adtran operating system that enabled the NetVanta 1224R series to combine switch, router, firewall, VPN, POE capabilities on a single platform. Essentially, Adtran added a SIP-based IP-PBX with voicemail, autoattendant and SIP gateway to the NetVanta 1224R to create the 7100.

Worldwide IP PBX Revenue Up 23%, TDM Systems Down 15% in 2005

February 27, 2006

Just wanted to share some recent IP-PBX vs. traditional TDM PBX market share numbers from Infonetics that came out today. Infonetics tracked Cisco and determined they were the market leader with 42% unit market share in 2005. I wonder if Infonetics also tracks Asterisk?

Signate announces SigPRO scalable Asterisk solution

January 24, 2006

Today, at ITEXPO, Signate is announcing SigPRO. SigPRO is a a hosted telephony system for telephone service providers with 5,000 to 500,000 customer extensions that Signate claims "sets a new price/performance standard".

I have heard various issues surrounding scalability issues when it comes to the Linux-based Asterisk IP-PBX solution, so I contacted one of my sources and asked about Signate's scalability claims. My source responded, "Signate is in for a shock when they really try to scale this stuff. They are using GPL'd code from Asterisk, and have not licenced the code.

Digium Partner Program

October 12, 2005

Digium Inc., the creator of Asterisk and pioneer of open source telephony, today announced its Digium Asterisk Partner Program in response to the growing ecosystem of Asterisk and the demand for open source-based telephony platforms. The Digium/Asterisk Partner Program includes two different types of partnerships: Asterisk Solution Partners and Asterisk Interoperability Partners, each available at two different levels.

“The Digium Partner Program is a way to leverage the synergies within the Asterisk community,” said Rick Segrest, Marketing Manager at Digium. “Working with our partners to combine resources will help us all showcase the wide-range of applications in telecommunications from SMB to enterprise in various industries.”

A partial list of Digium Partners include:

  • Aculab – Network and communications hardware
  • Aheeva – Contact center solutions
  • Cepstral – Audio, telephony, assistive, embedded
  • Empirix – VoIP test solutions & VoIP test equipment
  • Fonality – Turnkey PBX systems with GUI
  • IPSando – The IP communications company
  • Polycom, Inc. – IP office and conference phones
  • Ranch Networks – IP PBX phone systems for SMBs
  • Switchvox – IP PBX phone systems for SMBs
  • Tello – Business integration software
  • VoIP Reach – VoIP vendor solution, consulting & administration, termination & origination, e411 directory assistance
  • Vonik – Virtual PBX

Digium Partners will be listed and promoted on the partner section of the Digium website. Digium’s internal sales team will recommend and promote Partners’ products for current and future customer referrals.

Polycom SoundPoint IP 601 phone

September 7, 2005

An inside source told me that Polycom plans on launching the successor to the popular SoundPoint IP 600 called the SoundPoint IP 601 in a couple of weeks..(photo to the left is the SoundPoint IP 600). The original SoundPoint IP 600 was very reasonable - retailing for just under $300 - and it featured six-line appearances, auto-sensing Power over Ethernet circuitry, 320 x 160 pixel graphical LCD, and both SIP & MGCP protocol support.

No word yet on the specs for the new SoundPoint IP 601 though my source suspects it will have more call appearances. Another source told me it wll have eight call appearances (2 more than the IP 600) - we shall see. Overall, the specs should be very similar to the IP 600 I also wonder if they will embed a high quality color display in the IP-601 as well as a camera so that the phone can interoperate with Polycom's renowned videoconferencing products.

Cisco IP Phone 7985G Videophone Part 2

August 29, 2005

It appears the new Cisco IP Phone 7985G Videophone is OEM'ed from Tandberg (image to left which is identical to the image I posted about the Cisco videophone on Friday).

If the Cisco videophone has the same feature-set as the Tandberg 150 MXP, then it does indeed support SIP, which I was unsure about when I broke the story on the new Cisco videphone. In fact, the Tandberg 150 MXP also supports the H.323 protocol as well, which is a plus since many legacy videophone systems from Polycom and other manufacturers support H.323. I wonder if Cisco also added their SKINNY protocol to the phone? That would make it 3 protocols running on the Cisco videophone.

Fonality Asterisk-based IP-PBX

June 19, 2005

On Monday Fonality will be coming out of "stealth mode" promoting its PBXtra with their first press release even though they've been officially servicing customers since October 2004. "We've kind of been in stealth mode because we wanted a wide deployment before doing our announcement", said Chris Lyman, founder and CEO of Fonality based out of Culver City, California. "We're at hundreds of customers right now and thousands of lines sold on our platform in over 30 states and 3 countries deployed right now."

Fonality Web Interface

PBXtra at its core is an Asterisk-based PBX with over 110,000 lines of Fonality's code added to the Asterisk platform, which makes the system more complete than native Asterisk with a much easier to use Web-based front-end interface. According to FOnality, the total lines of code now supercede the amount of Asterisk code.

SPIRIT Multi-Point Conferencing

February 1, 2005

Interesting multi-point conferencing product from SPIRIT that claims that a dozen people can talk simultaneously without any clipping.

SPIRIT announces industry's first software for true Multi-Point Conferencing

TeamSpirit enables dozens of participants to talk simultaneously during IP conferencing

February 1, – SPIRIT (, the leading supplier of embedded software products for digital voice communication, announces industry-first Voice Engine for true multi-point conferencing.

The main feature distinguishing TeamSpirit from other alternatives on the market is the multi-point mode that enables dozens of users to participate in a conference simultaneously. It doesn’t matter how many participants take part in the conference, their speech still remains clear and easy to understand even during simultaneous talk.

Applied Global Technologies Video Presenter

January 26, 2005

Videoconferencing product news release to share. I'm still waiting for the day when you ask someone to have a videoconference and they say "I'm sorry I don't have a videoconferencing system." and you respond smugly with "What? You mean to tell me that you don't have videoconferencing?"

A friend of mine had a similar experience when friends came to her condo and they had to access the internet via dial-up. "You mean to tell me you don't have broadband?

Linksys Media Center Extender (MCX) Review

November 29, 2004

Sony VAIO RA920G on top of right speaker

Ratings Score Installation Documentation Features Usability Performance Overall Last week I received a Sony VAIO RA920G Desktop PC running Microsoft Media Center 2005 (MCE) as well as the new Linksys Media Center Extender (MCX). The Sony VAIO RA920G has some cool features including an advanced liquid cooling system and enhanced acoustic technologies that make it virtually silent. This is perfect for my family room home theater setup -- after all you don't want the sound of the PC's fan spoiling the DVD movie watching experience!

Of course, I also have a Linksys Media Center Extender (MCX) which "wirelessly" extends the PC to allow me to have the PC and the TV located in different rooms in my home, thus negating the concern about noise from the PC.

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