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Internet Telephony: August 13, 2008 eNewsLetter
August 13, 2008

Polycom Brings VoIP Field Verified Program to Asia Pacific

By Michelle Robart, TMCnet Editor

The telepresence, video and voice communications solutions provider, Polycom (News - Alert), today announced the VoIP Field Verified (VFV) Program launch in Asia Pacific, which acknowledges SIP-based call control providers that have successfully integrated Polycom VoIP phones with their call control platforms. 




As a recognized independent supplier of VoIP desktop and conference phones, Polycom is an ideal provider for call control providers looking to capitalize on the rising popularity of voice-over-IP solutions in the Asia Pacific region.  The VFV Program offers a superb value proposition for platform vendors, allowing them to accelerate time-to-market cycles and increase revenues through their own in-house interoperability testing.

The VFV Program further emphasizes Polycom's commitment to working with ecosystem partners to create open standards-based unified communications solutions that are easy to use and deploy. Program eligibility is based on platform vendors performing comprehensive testing in their own lab, as well as testimonials from at least two end user customers that verify successful integrations with the call control platform. VFV Program members do not need to pay any certification costs or annual membership fees.
 
Hong Kong-based Deltapath Commerce and Technology Limited was the first partner to join the VFV Program in the Asia Pacific region. Deltapath Commerce and Technology is a provider of a SIP-based PBX (News - Alert) platform with prefix-free call-routing intelligence that lets users receive calls no matter where they are.

"The VFV Program has helped Deltapath grow substantially, by enabling us to access Polycom technical information and resources, and better leverage Polycom's superior voice communications solutions – including Polycom's HD Voice technolgoy – through enhanced integration," said David Liu, founder and CEO of Deltapath.  "The VFV certification also gives customers the added piece-of-mind that we have rigorously tested our SIP-based solutions for interoperability with Polycom's solutions and successfully deployed them within unified communications environments."

"The Session Initiation Protocol (News - Alert) (SIP) was established to promote interoperability amongst devices from multiple vendors, giving end users greater flexibility in choosing solutions to support their business communication and collaboration requirements," said Peter White, APAC head of voice sales at Polycom.  "The VFV Program is testament to Polycom's ongoing commitment to platform interoperability and to working with our ecosystem partners to develop solutions-based on open standards that are easy for customers to use, deploy and manage."
 
A Reuters (News - Alert) report revealed today that Polycom shares are trading higher this morning, getting a boost from news that its biggest competitor in the teleconferencing equipment business, Norway’s Tandberg (News - Alert) ASA, gained a bid from an unnamed private equity buyer to take the company private.


“The discussions are at an early stage and there can be no certainty that an offer will be made,” Tandberg said in a statement. Tandberg shares are up about 14.5 percent in trading in Oslo, according to Reuters.
 
Polycom shares are up $1.14, or 4.2 percent, to $28.20, in U.S. trading.
 

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

(source: http://hdvoice.tmcnet.com/topics/sip-endpoints/articles/36861-polycom-brings-voip-field-verified-program-asia-pacific.htm)








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