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Aptela One of Eight Partners Polycom Adds to VoIP Interoperability Program

March 22, 2007

By Spencer D. Chin, Business VoIP Web Editor

Polycom Inc., a provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, has expanded its VoIP Interoperability Partner (VIP) Program for SIP- based call control platform makers by adding eight newly certified members: 3Com, Aptela, CommuniGate, Fonality, Inter-Tel, NEC Phillips Unified Solutions, pbxnsip, and TeleWare.

Aptela offers a variety of VoIP services for smalls business and enterprises. Its Connect Business VoIP, priced at $24.50 per year, includes 500 minutes of long distance, unlimited in-network calling, voicemail, find-me, and other features. The company also offers a Connect Business VoIP Unlimited plan at $39 per year with unlimited long distance, and an Enterprise plan that offers full phone system functionality without the high capital and maintenance costs of old-fashioned PBX systems.
Aptela’s recognition by Polycom gives the company an additional partner in the fledgling business VoIP market.
"Polycom and its partners are giving customers integrated solutions that will smooth the transition to VoIP and ensure reliability and comprehensive feature support between the SIP-based call platform and the Polycom phones," said Will Stofega, research manager of VoIP services at IDC, in a statement. "The Polycom VIP program provides standards-based IP PBX and softswitch vendors, who do not manufacture their own phones, a process to certify their systems interoperable with Polycom's VoIP phones and provide customers with a complete IP telephony solution."
Aptela achieved certification by undergoing rigorous interoperability testing at a Polycom-approved test facility. To become certified, a call control platform must demonstrate 100 percent interoperability on a Polycom-predefined critical feature set. Interoperability can also be certified for features extending beyond the critical feature set, depending upon the capabilities of a particular platform.
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