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November 30, 2011
Virtual PBX Provider OnSIP Unveils Phone Certification Program
By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

OnSIP, provided by Junction Networks (News - Alert), a company that offers virtual PBX systems to small and medium- sized businesses (SMBs) has unveiled a phone certification program that will recognize desk phones and soft phone applications that are verified to work with OnSIP’s popular hosted PBX phone service.

The program gives an opportunity to phone manufacturers and developers to guarantee reliable Session Initiation Protocol (News - Alert) (SIP) phones to their customers. Phones will pass several use cases in a rigorous multi-point interoperability test prior to being OnSIP-certified, the company said in a press release.

OnSIP’s hosted VoIP service is designed for a wide variety of VoIP phones available on the market. The company gives dozens of reviews of available phones and the  new certification program goes one step further by highlighting phones that perform exceptionally with OnSIP’s service.

“The new program is designed to identify the best investments for our customers and others in the market for quality Voice over IP phones,” said Rob Wolpov, president of Junction Networks, in a statement.

 “As the market for VoIP soft phones, mobile clients, and desk phones grows, small businesses are looking to make wise IT budget spends on interoperable products that meet the daily needs of business users. We want to provide our customers with the best options, both in service and phones,” Wolpov added.

The partnership will benefit both OnSIP and its partners by improving the reach of their virtual PBX (News - Alert) offerings through joint promotional efforts. Manufacturers and developers can participate in the certification program for free. Certified phones are pushed higher in the queue for the company’s growing phone review program.

In related virtual PBX news, a recently released report from Infonetics (News - Alert) Research found that the global PBX market is up 6.6 percent, representing a slow yet improved period on a year-over-year basis.

Specifically in the Asia Pacific region, PBX revenue increased by 11 percent year-over-year. The results also indicate that more businesses are transitioning to IP-based phone systems, with hybrid IP PBXs remaining the most popular.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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