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January 22, 2008

Quintum Announces New Unified Communications Proxy for VoIP Switches and Gateways

Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributing Editor


Quintum (News - Alert) Technologies, a provider of VoIP technologies, announced the release of the new Unified Communications (News - Alert) Proxy (UCP) for Tenor VoIP MultiPath Switches and Gateways.
 
According to Quintum, the UCP—originally developed to support VoIP in Microsoft (News - Alert) Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007—allows multiple VoIP and TDM networks to be easily integrated together
 
Also, the UCP is said to expand Tenor’s MultiPath switching capability to include call routing and SIP to SIP switching. Company officials pointed out that it is available in the entire Tenor “S” line of VoIP MultiPath Switches and Gateways.  
 
The addition of the new UCP capability in the Tenor provides “any to any” MultiPath switching between VoIP and TDM networks, including SIP to SIP calls, TDM to TDM calls and SIP to TDM calls.
 
Company officials explained that this capability simplifies the deployment of new VoIP systems such as Unified Communications, which provides easy integration with any existing voice network element, such as TDM or SIP, and the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
 
This flexibility is also expected to benefit VoIP service providers by providing a flexible customer premises gateway that can interface to all existing business voice network elements including SIP, TDM or both.
 
Additionally, the UCP offers benefit when deploying Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 by supporting multiple gateways and SIP endpoints with a single Microsoft mediation server.
 
Officials said that this allows businesses to deploy multiple gateways to support PSTN connectivity, legacy TDM PBXs, existing SIP based IP-PBXs, existing SIP phones, and analog devices such as fax machines, all with one mediation server.
 
This advanced switching offers capabilities such as a “‘fax around” feature when operating in a Microsoft Office Communications Manager 2007 network, by interpreting and directly routing calls between the fax machines and the PSTN, explained officials.
 
Also, it allows the business to extend the gateway function to branch offices to provide local PSTN connectivity and the integration of the local existing network elements.
 
“The Unified Communication Proxy allows the Tenor to further simplify the deployment of Unified Communications into an existing business voice network,” Chuck Rutledge (News - Alert), vice president of marketing at Quintum, said in a statement.  
 
He also said that the addition of the UC Proxy provides ‘any to any’ switching, which enables businesses to better leverage the investment they have made in their existing network and minimize disruption to their operation.
 
“The UC proxy adds significant value as companies are not simply interfacing to the PSTN, but also need to interface with existing VoIP equipment and VoIP based service providers.” commented Elka Popova, director of global program for enterprise communications at Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert).
 

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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

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