‘Business Class’ SIP Trunking is that, for the SME business in particular,
it will bring both cost-savings in terms of call charges and PBX equipment
purchase. In addition, it will allow the SME business a greater
flexibility in terms of how it operates its telephony service. For
example, SIP providers can offer flexible PSTN number ranges to businesses
that are now non-geographic dependent, such as local-rate numbers, and this
can help to promote the attractiveness of a business to the market.”
He continued, “Equally important is that SIP trunking also enables ITSPs
and IP/Ethernet Service providers, as well as channel resellers, to offer a
range of telephony services to the market on the current IP infrastructure
beyond that of pure connectivity – for example offering managed voice
services, customised applications, number ranging services (eg local access
services) and flexible tariff schemes to the business community”.
Smith further notes that “many industry observers predict that SIP will be
to VoIP what HTTP has been to the Internet, which is why Swyx has exercised
first-mover advantage in the market with a series of SIP developments
during 2005. SIP gives the end customer the ability to choose – from SIP
handsets on the user side, a choice of service providers on the networking
side and an open communications & multimedia infrastructure on the
application side. There is no doubt that the ability to support SIP now
and in the future will be crucial.”
In addition to SIP trunking and a number of user-feature enhancements
Version 5.0 also includes G.729a compression and the support of ENUM
(Telephone Number Mapping), a specification to translate telephone numbers
to domain names and to define the type of communication (Email, SIP,
Instant Messaging, etc.).
A new range of Swyx IP telephones has also been introduced to accompany
this release. Firstly the highly-popular 400 series and USB range of
telephones will now be available in black to offer the end user more colour
choice. In addition, Swyx has announced the availability of a new range of
LCD Self-labelling Key (SLK) IP phones, which will be supported with the
release of Version 5.0 of SwyxWare.
SwyxWare Version 5.0 will be available from September 2005 with a
downloadable trial version also available online.
Swyx was founded in April 1999 to develop and sell an IP-based telephony
solution. Launched in summer 2000, “SwyxWare” the software-based IP-PBX
supports Microsoft Windows Server and is compatible to the SIP standard.
Since its launch SwyxWare has been installed in more than 2,800 sites in
Europe to provide cost-effective competitive advantage through more
powerful, easier to use and cost-effective telephony solutions. SwyxWare
has been tested by several independent groups and journalists with
excellent results including ‘Best Buy – What to Buy for Business 2005’.
Larger companies turning to the benefits of converging voice and data
solutions have recognised that the future of telephony lies within the
convergence of networks and applications, all of which are already
available with SwyxWare. Today, more than 400 trained and authorised
resellers in Europe sell SwyxWare. These resellers consult and sell
SwyxWare to SMEs with up to 500 or more employees.