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March 20, 2008

Aastra Telecom Intros New SIP-based IP PBX

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Aastra (News - Alert) Telecom, a provider of standards-based corded and wireless SIP telephones in North America, announced the launch of AastraLink ProModel 160, an IP PBX (News - Alert) created specifically for the small business market. Aastra’s AastraLink Pro is suitable for 25 users and fewer.

The new solution will be on exhibit at the VON.x (San Jose, CA (News - Alert)) and VoiceCon (Orlando, FL) shows this week.
AastraLink Pro meets the unique requirements of the small businesses, allowing users to get phones up and running by simply plugging the system into an existing local area network (LAN). This neither requires the services of an installation technician nor are there any hidden application license and user costs.
Offering a complete, integrated and affordable standards-based system for the SMB market and channel, this IP-based PBX provides a flexible infrastructure for companies. Compared to other small business phone systems, it also provides a lower total cost of ownership, according to Aastra.
“Combined, and fully integrated with Aastra’s existing portfolio of SIP phones, the launch of the AastraLink Pro enables us to deliver to market a powerful and truly cost-effective telephony solution specifically created for small sized organizations,” said Yves Laliberte, executive vice president at Aastra Telecom (News - Alert), in a statement to the press. “As a longstanding industry leader in the SMB space, Aastra’s key priorities are to design flexible and reliable products from the ground up to deliver enterprise-class IP communications to all of our SMB customers.”
AastraLink Pro provides standard PBX/Key system features and functionality, along with new IP-based services such as visual voicemail delivered via XML, SIP trunking, auto discovering and self provisioning of extensions, remote teleworker, the ability to network multiple AastraLink Pro's via IP and expanded user control via a web GUI. The AastraLink Pro also supports up to 6 PSTN FXO trunks, 2 FXS Analog ports and 1 SIP trunk plus external paging port and a music input port and it is designed to be compatible with select Aastra SIP phones.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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