Centrepoint TalkSwitch IP PBX Among First to Ship with SIPconnect Interface Specification

Customers benefit from reduced costs, improved service quality and simplified integration with VoIP Service Providers

Centrepoint Technologies, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative telephone systems for small and multi -location businesses, today announced the full compliance of the TalkSwitch 48 -CVA with the SIPconnect Interface Specification. Centrepoint customers will be among the first to take advantage of the benefits of this new specification - a best practices document that guides interoperability between IP PBXs and VoIP service providers.

Centrepoint's TalkSwitch is a revolutionary customer installable and configurable telephone system designed for business with up to 32 phone users per location. It offers combined access to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and Voice over IP networks.

"Centrepoint's compliance with the specification means that our customers are able to jump to the front of the line to receive the benefits that an end -to -end IP connection to a service provider network brings. It saves money and offers a dramatically higher quality of service, it also opens the door to a host of enhanced features," said Jan Scheeren, President and CEO, Centrepoint Technologies. "We've recognized that more and more small businesses are deploying IP PBXs. A consistent method for integrating them with a VoIP service network is crucial."

TalkSwitch is built on a uniquely flexible SIP -based architecture that was designed from the outset to support integration with VoIP network services.

`One of the key drivers for IP telephony adoption is enhanced employee productivity, made possible by applications that rely on intelligent, real -time end -user information. The SIPconnect architecture enables the transport and sharing of this data between IP PBXs and VoIP service providers. By adhering to this standard, Centrepoint's TalkSwitch is at the forefront of leveraging the benefits of IP on both the premises and the network cloud, and delivering value to small and medium businesses,` said Ronald Gruia, Program Leader of Enterprise Communications Solutions, Frost & Sullivan.

In conjunction with the SIPconnect initiative, Centrepoint has worked with Cbeyond Communications to carry out customer testing of the TalkSwitch 48 -CVA with Cbeyond's "BeyondVoice with SIPconnect" service offering. Centrepoint customers can easily connect their systems with Cbeyond's network without investing in any additional equipment.

"Centrepoint has worked closely with Cbeyond to demonstrate the value of SIPconnect with real users," said Chris Gatch, Chief Technology Officer, Cbeyond Communications. "The TalkSwitch 48 -CVA and BeyondVoice with SIPconnect combine for a great value to any small or medium business."

The SIPconnect Interface Specification defines a common set of implementation rules for directly integrating an IP PBX with the network of a SIP -enabled VoIP service provider. This process, known as direct IP peering, lowers costs and reduces voice latency. It also allows for end -to -end SIP signaling and a pure IP path that offers richer communications services. The specification builds on the SIP and VoIP protocols published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Moving forward, Centrepoint Technologies intends to continue developing products that will ease integration with VoIP service provider networks, and build on its tradition of delivering high value solutions to customers.

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