Avaya Solutions for Intelligent Communications Attain 'SIPconnect Compliant' Certification from SIP Forum



    
    Delivers independent, validated interoperability of software and devices,
    to enterprises building SIP-based IP communications networks
    

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 6 /CNW/ -- Intelligent communications solutions
from Avaya Inc., a leading global provider of business communications
applications, systems and services, attained SIPconnect Compliant
certification from the SIP Forum, a leading independent IP communications
industry association comprised of individuals and companies who contribute to
the development of global IP communications based on the SIP standard.
    SIPconnect certification provides enterprise customers with validation
that Avaya Communication Manager, the company's software platform for IP
communications, and Avaya SIP Enablement Services, which enable companies to
take advantage of SIP-based connectivity to public networks of service
providers, achieved SIPconnect compliance for SIP trunking.
    Avaya also supports SIP throughout its portfolio, including Avaya
Distributed Office, a communications platform for branch offices; Avaya IP
Office, a converged voice and data system for small and medium businesses;
Avaya Call Center; and the Avaya one-X(TM) Deskphone Edition 9600 series with
built-in SIP capabilities.
    Recently introduced by the SIP Forum, the SIPconnect Compliant program
was created to help validate and ensure multimedia communication
interoperability among IP communications equipment manufacturers, software
providers and service providers, as well as to promote further adoption of
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) as the standard for IP-based communications.
Avaya is a founding member of the SIPConnect program.
    "SIPconnect certification gives customers independent validation of
Avaya's compliance with the SIP Forum's Technical Recommendation for SIP
compatibility.  It also acts as a benchmark for enterprises to use when
confirming the service provider SIP trunking service compatibility with their
enterprise telephony infrastructure," said Anwar Siddiqui, manager of Avaya
Labs' chief technology office.
    "The SIP Forum is proud to recognize Avaya as a leader in the IP
Communication industry that has fully embraced SIP standards and best
practices," said Eric Burger, SIP Forum chairman. "The Forum values the
participation of its full member companies, such as Avaya, in this important
certification program, and such support demonstrates strong and growing
traction of SIPconnect from the vendor community."
    SIP is a standards-based IP telephony signaling language that facilitates
seamless interoperability among various media, including audio, video, instant
messaging and presence. SIP trunking provides immediate benefits for customers
that can include reduced cost and hardware footprint on premise, increased
network performance, and increased choices in network infrastructure
configurations.
    "SIP trunking is growing in importance, with 65 percent of IT-executive
participants in Nemertes' forthcoming benchmark, Advanced Communications
Services, thus far reporting that they are either evaluating or planning to
implement SIP trunking within the next two years," said Irwin Lazar, principal
research analyst, Nemertes Research.
    
    About Avaya
    
    Avaya delivers Intelligent Communications solutions that help companies
transform their businesses to achieve marketplace advantage. More than 1
million businesses worldwide, including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE
500(R), use Avaya solutions for IP Telephony, Unified Communications, Contact
Centers and Communications-Enabled Business Processes. Avaya Global Services
provides comprehensive service and support for companies, small to large. For
more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com.
    
    About The SIP Forum
    
    The SIP Forum is an IP communications industry association that engages
in numerous activities that advance and promote SIP technology, such as the
development of industry recommendations, the SIPit interoperability and
testing events, special interoperability workshops, and general promotion of
SIP in the industry. One of the Forum's recent technical activities is the
development of the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation -- a standards-based
recommendation that provides detailed guidelines for direct IP peering and
interoperability between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks, and the
SIPconnect Compliant Certification Program through which eligible companies
can gain SIPconnect validation and the right to license the use of the SIP
Forum's 'SIPconnect Compliant' certification mark -- the official brand of the
leading standard for SIP Trunking products and services.  For more
information, please visit: http://www.sipforum.org.




For further information:

For further information: Media, Barbara Burgess, Avaya Inc., 
+1-908-953-3348, barbarab@avaya.com Web Site: http://www.sipforum.org        
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