Category Archives: IP Phones

SIP Trunking On The Rise.

The use of SIP Trunking by small and medium sized businesses in the UK has risen dramatically over the last twelve months compared to the previous three years data.  The rise in SIP Trunk usage in the UK has been driven by the change in business phone system technologies that have been implemented by the leading phone system manufacturers such as Panasonic, Avaya and Siemens.  New communications platforms from these leading systems providers such as the Panasonic NS1000 have focused heavily on SIP technology and promote the use of both IP Telephones for extensions and SIP Trunking to replace traditional PSTN Analogue, ISDN2e and ISDN30e telephone lines.

The move to SIP trunking has not yet been driven by pricing or service except in the case of new installations where the cost of installing multiple SIP Trunking channels is far cheaper and quicker than analogue or ISDN phone lines.  SIP Trunk channel rental combined with the cost of using a dedicated broadband service to deliver high quality VoIP calls will usually cost the same as renting the equivalent number of PSTN or ISDN telephone lines, and the typical call charges for using a VoIP service compared to normal phone lines are usually the same.

During 2011, there were 127 new suppliers of SIP Trunk providers in the UK compared to only 32 new SIP Trunking providers in 2010 and this should help drive down the price, provide new innovation and improve quality.

The increase in SIP Trunking has also promted a new range of VoIP Gateway products that will enable business users to utilise SIP Trunks without changing their existing analogue or ISDN phone system.  A VoIP Gateway will connect to the phone system trunk ports and provide conversion of these traditional telephone technologies to VoIP so that businesses can take advantage of the VoIP revolution.  Oneproduct that does just this is the Onestream VoIP Gateway that provides PSTN and ISDN2e connectivity for SIP Trunking as well as providing two built-in GSM channels to enable low cost calls to mobile phones, as well as offering mobile extension capabilities and the connection of IP Phones to provide extra capacity in the office or for homeworkers.

 

Panasonic NS1000 VoIP Phone System

Panasonic have announced today that the new Panasonic NS1000 SIP based VoIP Phone System will be available in the UK from all leading Panasonic resellers from January 2012.

The Panasonic NS1000 is a SIP based Communications Server that is suitable for most businesses that want to take advantage of unified communications and the latest VoIP technology.

 

Snom 760

Snom have announced the launch of their new Snom 760 IP Phone

Snom 760

The snom 760 phone addresses office users that require excellent audio, PBX-style keys, and rich visual information. It combines a state-of-the-art hardware with the proven snom SIP software.

The snom 760 not only provides you with comprehensive IP telephone functionality, but also a whole range of extra features which really put it in a class of its own compared to similar products.

Snom 760 Main Features

  • High-resolution 3.5”color display
  • 12 LED function keys
  • LED function keys
  • Wideband audio
  • Hands-free operation
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • WLAN ready
  • VLAN
  • 2 x USB (Type A)
  • 2 Gigabit LAN ports

 

 

Snom 720

Snom have announced the launch of their new snom 720 IP Phone.

Snom 720

The snom 720 phone addresses office users that require excellent audio and a large number of programmable PBX-style keys. It combines a state-of-the-art hardware with the proven snom SIP software.

All in all, the snom 720 raises the bar for VoIP phones in its class both in terms of voice quality, available features and day-to-day usability.

Snom 720 Main Features

  • 4-line B/W display
  • 18 LED function keys
  • 12 identities
  • Wideband audio
  • Hands-free operation
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • WLAN / Bluetooth Headset ready
  • VLAN
  • 2 x Gigabit LAN ports

 

Panasonic announces new range of SIP Phones

Panasonic SIP Phones, in partnership with Broadsoft, introduced the new generation of Panasonic SIP Terminals at the Panasonic European SIP Convention 2011, aimed to manage the global communications of thousands of users.

The Panasonic KX-UT devices operate as an open standard, developed for the transmission of multimedia applications over IP networks.

They are true data processing centers as much as they are Panasonic SIP Phones, however, they are prepared to work just as well in the home as in business environments. Panasonic has prepared the launch of more than about ten SIP Phones all with their own design, unique technology and environmentally friendly ethos. Likewise, it brings to the forefront their new audio systems that produce high definition signals for all of their new range of telephones, which permits the conversations be clearer than those found in previous calls.

The purpose of the meeting was to show some of the solutions and features that will emerge in the market throughout the year. The two series, Panasonic UT and the Panasonic TGP, incorporate large LCD screens with a simple interface, Wideband HD Sound, certification for use with Digium Asterisk and Broadsoft for BroadWorks and an easy configuration which also allows the use of a wide range of accessories.

The Panasonic KX-UT series has six terminals; the Panasonic KX-UT113, Panasonic KX-UT123, Panasonic KX-UT133 and Panasonic KX-UT136 come as desktop solutions that cover the range from standard up to professional office. On the whole, the Panasonic KX-UT248 and Panasonic KX-UT670 will be responsible for the executive level and office work respectively. Both work with Android and are designed for the most demanding environments.

The company also showed other phones like the NS1000, which was launched in December and acts as a switch that can operate up to 1,000 users. The phone will be complemented with the full range SIP IP Platform from Panasonic. In short, a set of devices ready to work in the cloud, a requirement that is becoming indispensable.

For more information about the new Panasonic SIP Terminal Phones please visit the following pages

Yealink Phones approved by Broadsoft and Avaya

Yealink’s award-winning SIP-T2X range of IP phones has secured interoperability with key Avaya and BroadSoft solutions.

In a landmark move the five-strong range has been certified compliant with Avaya solutions including Avaya Aura® Communication Manager and Avaya S8800 Media Server with G650 Media Gateway.

In addition the handsets have been formally validated by BroadSoft for use on its popular BroadWorks platform, confirming they support all its latest features. These include shared call appearance, BLF, multiple call arrangement, network conferencing, device feature synchronisation and DNS SRV Lookup.

Commenting on the compliance confirmations, Yealink UK’s managing director Andrew Roberts said: “These are landmark achievements. Full compliance across the range with major Avaya solutions that are so strategically well placed in the UK telecoms and unified communications marketplaces is vitally important. Similarly Broadworks popularity in the hosted services space makes it a key platform for us and the resellers we partner.”

The Yealink T2X IP Phone range includes the Yealink T20P, Yealink T22P, Yealink T26P and the Yealink T28P

For more information on the Yealink products please visit Yealink phones

Snom One Plus

Snom have announced the launch of their new IP PBX hardware appliance – the SnomOne Plus.

Snom One Plus

Snom One Plus

The snom one plus is available in two sizes, the entry level snom one yellow plus for up to 20 extensions and the snom one blue plus for up to 150 extensions.  The snom one plus VoIP phone system uses sangoma cards to provide anale, ISDN2e or ISDN30e connectivity to enable easy connection to existing lines and also connects to SIP trunks.

The snom one plus phone system integrates seamlessly with the snom IP phones providing a plug and play installation.

For users who want to try out the features, functionality and quality of the snom one phone system, the snom one free for up to 10 extensions is available to download and run on Windows, Linus or Mac OS and provides a fully functioning PC based IP PBX.

Gigaset DX800A Launched 10th Feb 2011

The Siemens Gigaset DX800A small business phone system will be launched in the UK at an event held in London at the Institute of Electrical Engineering.  Hosting the launch is Provu, a leading distributor of VoIP Phones and associated telecoms equipment.

Gigaset DX800A

The Gigaset DX800A an ISDN Phone System that connects to a single ISDN2e telephone line and also has built in VoIP capability for connection to SIP Trunks.  Additional handsets connect to the main telephone unit wirelessly using DECT, making installation of this SoHo mini phone system a breeze.  The Gigaset DX800 will support up to 4 telephone lines (2 x channels of ISDN and 2 x SIP Trunks) and a total of 6 extensions (main unit plus 5 cordless DECT handsets Gigaset SL78H).

The Siemens Gigaset DX800A is sure to please with it’s ease of installation, flexibility of ISDN and SIP Trunking connectivity, a large system memory and it’s award winning design.

For details of the DX800A small business phone system please visit the Gigaset Website.

IP Genie moves to centre stage

The global economic downturn has increased the urgency among companies of all sizes to reduce costs and find smarter and more efficient ways to do business. From our perspective, this imperative is moving VoIP and open-source telecom solutions, like IPGENIE UCP, to centre stage.

Clearly, the march to VoIP – among customers and carriers – began before the current worldwide economic crisis. Still, for us and other VoIP providers business is brisk as more and more companies rush to implement VoIP solutions. Enterprise customers in growing numbers are turning to VoIP for inter-branch, intra-company calling while more and more call centre’s, hotels and SMBs (small and mid-sized businesses) rely on it for all inbound and outbound international calls.

Another smarter, less expensive way to do business is open-source telephony – specifically, IPGENIE UCP. So far this year, we’ve noted increased awareness and acceptance of IPGENIE UCP among customers in England & Northern Ireland We’ve even seeing PBX procurements by multinational companies where IPGENIE is being considered side-by-side with Cisco and Avaya.

The reason is simple: IPGENIE is a flexible, scalable and reliable solution that offers the same advanced features and functionality as proprietary PBXs but at a fraction of the cost. For these reasons, IPGENIE now has a seat at the table.

In Europe, we’re also seeing keen interest in IPGENIE but for one additional reason: the large, installed base of Nortel PBX. For many years, Nortel was the PBX that many installed for customers throughout the country. Many of these switches are at or near the end of the product’s life-cycle. Compounding the normal anxiety over switch replacement is Nortel’s bankruptcy filing earlier this year. In the meantime, customers are worried about replacement parts upgrades and service and many of them are turning to IPGENIE.

We expect an even stronger second half of the year in IP PBX. In any case, we believe VoIP is moving to centre stage and IPGENIE is right behind it.

VOIspeed connectivity with iPhone, Android and Nokia phones

Using a WiFi connection, you can pick-up, hold and transfer calls in the office and stay in touch with your colleagues for free! With a SIP client calls will be routed to other extensions via your LAN just like all other internal calls. As for the external calls, you can also make low cost calls to international destinations using the VOIspeed VoIP carrier.

Key advantages of using VOIspeed with your smartphone:

  • Receive calls for your business on your mobile device*
  • Make free calls to other internal users*
  • Reduce the cost of your mobile calls to external national and international destinations via VOIspeed SIP carrier
  • Automatically upload all your contacts from your mobile phone directory or Outlook and call them via VOIspeed
  • See the list of all calls made or recieved on your smartphone
  • Hold and transfer calls to all internal extensions

VOIspeed Tip: Make the most of your smart-phone by adding another extension number fully dedicated to your smartphone. This means, for example, that when you leave the office you can set your extension to Voicemail mode, so that any unanswered business calls are automatically diverted to your Voicemail.

* Your smartphone must be within the WiFi area. As for 3G, please check with your service provider that they allow VoIP calls over SIP protocol.