Citel Enables Gradual Enterprise VoIP Migration
TMCnet Contributing Editor
Citel introduced today the EXTender IP6000, a system that enables enterprises with multiple locations to gradually migrate their telecommunications to an IP telephony-based network.
With the EXTender products in place, businesses will be able to connect remote call centers, home workers, and branch offices to a central digital PBX over an IP network. The system offers reduced telecom operating costs, single voicemail and call center applications, central reception, and four-digit dialing throughout the enterprise.
As the business prepares to complete the migration to SIP, the EXTender IP6000 can be software-upgraded to accommodate the premises or service provider hosted IP PBX, integrating the existing handset and wiring infrastructure at each location. This process allows businesses to experience a smoother migration to SIP telephony in the future, without having to replace existing infrastructure.
"Although the market for new telephony infrastructure is shifting rapidly toward IP, many enterprises with existing PBX infrastructure require a more solid business case for immediate migration to VoIP," said Mike Robinson, CEO of Citel in a statement. "The EXTender IP6000 addresses this reality across a multitude of PBX platforms. This solution provides an immediately cost-effective and productivity enhancing business case as the first step, followed by a simple, flexible path to complete the migration to IP telephony in the future."
Citel's EXTender IP6000 is currently available in a 12-Port configuration, which can be scaled to accommodate the number of stations at each remote site. The EXTender IP6000 is compatible with many PBX platforms, including Avaya (News - Alert)/Lucent Definity and Magix, Nortel (News - Alert) Meridian and Norstar, Alcatel (News - Alert), Ericsson (News - Alert), Iwatsu, Toshiba (News - Alert), and Panasonic.
Citel made news recently when it was selected to join the Avaya DeveloperConnection program. The membership allowed Citel to develop SIP handset gateways that will eventually be compatible with the Avaya Converged Communication Server, a software app that bundles Avaya's IP telephony capabilities with SIP and presence for enterprise-class instant messaging (IM) and SIP telephony. The agreement will also enable customers to migrate to the advanced SIP capabilities of the Avaya Converged Communications Server without having to replace their digital PBX telephones and go through the usual wiring mess associated with a telecom switchover.
Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet and Internet Telephony magazine. To see more articles by Johanne Torres, please visit Johanne Torres' columnist page