Skype Selects tekVizion Labs to Manage Skype for SIP Interoperability Certification Program

AudioCodes Mediant 1000 Multi-Service Business Gateway, Grandstream GXE502x IP PBX and GXW Analog Gateway, and VoSKY SSG Gateway certified as interoperable with Skype for SIP
(PresseBox) (Luxembourg, ) Skype today announced that it has selected tekVizion Labs(TM) as the independent and objective verification and testing service to run the Skype for SIP Interoperability Certification Program. In addition, Skype and tekVizion Labs together announced a number of thirdparty IP PBX and gateway solutions to have been newly awarded Skype for SIP interoperability certification.

tekVizion Labs has been introduced to the Skype partner community as the interoperability experts to help expedite Skype for SIP interoperability testing and certification. In addition to Skype for SIP interoperability testing, tekVizion Labs can provide consulting, integration and support services to Skype's customers and partners and the systems integrators and value added resellers they work with.

"We recognized the importance of providing SMBs with as wide an array of Skype for SIP interoperable IP PBX and UC systems as possible and have partnered with tekVizion Labs because of their valuable expertise and credibility in testing these solutions," said David Gurle, VP and General Manager of Skype for Business. "Our association with tekVizion Labs will help us quickly increase the number of vendors' systems that offer Skype for SIP interoperability, thereby allowing a greater selection of companies to connect to and benefit from Skype."

The following are some of the recent IP PBXs and gateways for small- and mediumsized businesses (SMBs) to have passed tekVizion Labs' testing and been certified as interoperable with Skype for SIP:

- AudioCodes Mediant 1000 Multi-Service Business Gateway (MSBG): This gateway offers the ultimate flexibility and modularity, supporting the use of Skype for SIP with many types of TDM PBXs, Key Systems and IP PBXs. It can be integrated with a company's routing, firewalling, enterprise session border controllers and application hosting capabilities. For more information, please visit www.audiocodes.com/msbg.
- Grandstream GXE502x IP PBX: This allinone IP PBX delivers a converged business communication solution to SMBs, especially those companies with less than 30 seats per location.
- Grandstream GXW4xxx Analog Gateway: Designed for compatibility with traditional analog PBX/key systems, as well as for full interoperability with leading IP-PBXs, softswitches and most SIPbased environments, this gateway will enable SMBs to integrate traditional communications systems with Skype for SIP and efficiently manage communication costs.
- VoSKY SSG: This PBXto-Skype for SIP gateway will enable SMBs to connect any legacy analog PBX or key system to Skype. For more information about the VoSKY SSG, please visit www.voskystore.com.

SMBs can now take advantage of the cost savings provided by Skype's lowcost global calling rates when employees call landlines and mobiles around the world through their IP PBX, legacy PBX or key system or UC solution that has been certified as Skype for SIP interoperable. A company can also receive inbound voice calls from any of the more than 521 million registered Skype users around the world via a global clicktocall button on its Web site. These Skype calls are received by the existing PBX or UC system and are handled or directed in the same way as any other inbound caller. If a company buys and associates online Skype numbers with their interoperable PBX or UC system, it can also receive inbound calls through Skype from business contacts and customers calling from landline and mobile phones.

"Skype's selection of tekVizion Labs illustrates its commitment to spreading its benefits to companies of any size, which should soon be able to use any equipment to benefit from Skype for SIP," said Sachin Vengurlekar, CEO of tekVizion Labs. "We are pleased to announce our relationship with Skype and help expand the Skype for SIP interoperability matrix."

Hardware or software vendors interested in scheduling Skype for SIP interoperability testing for their IP PBXs and gateways or UC systems should visit the tekVizion Labs Web site at www.tekvizionlabs.com/.... Businesses interested in learning more about Skype for SIP should visit www.skype.com/....

About tekVizion PVS, Inc

tekVizion Labs(TM) is a product agnostic, thirdparty independent lab facility with a focus on enterprise and carrier VoIP. tekVizion's core services include consulting, custom applications, integration and support, and testing through tekVizion Labs -- the first interoperability certification lab of its kind. tekVizion Labs offers a full suite of testing services including interoperability, solution, conformance, product assessments and outsourced testing. tekVizion leverages its realworld, multivendor integration and test experience and proven processes to provide leading vendors, enterprises and enhanced service providers with solutions that meld legacy and nextgeneration resources. tekVizion's headquarters, which includes its stateoftheart test lab and Executive Briefing Center, is within the Telecom Corridor(R) in Richardson, Texas.

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