Members of MiCTA can now purchase Phybridge’s (News - Alert) UniPhyer VoIP appliance at a discounted price.
MiCTA is a non-profit organization which helps higher education institutions, public K-12 school systems, government agencies and other non-profits select and purchase communications and IT solutions. As part of this service it secures discounted rates on software/hardware solutions for its members. MiCTA also provides support to help its member organizations resolve common voice, video and data issues. In addition it provides timely information on the latest communications technologies and participates in legislative and regulatory discussions that affect its membership.
Phybridge's UniPhyer is a telephony appliance that enables organizations to use their existing phone cabling to deploy VoIP communications throughout their facilities. Because it makes use of existing CAT5 phone cabling, the solution can significantly lower VoIP deployment costs, as cabling represents a major percentage of the cost of a “traditional” VoIP deployment. The appliance, which is compatible with any existing phone system, creates a dedicated network for voice, using existing phone lines, but at the same enables a fully converged voice data network capable of supporting unified communications. The appliance delivers Power over Ethernet over existing phone lines and a small adapter at each desk allows for quick hook up of IP phones.
The solution can reduce VoIP deployment costs for any organization – however it is particularly advantageous for organizations based in older facilities which present significant obstacles to wiring (or rewiring) – for example older schools with cement block walls and little to no conduits. UniPhyer, dubbed the “VoIP enabler,” also significantly reduces deployment time – in fact it can be deployed in under 30 minutes, depending on the number of lines. What’s more, Phybridge claims that because UniPhyer uses a dedicated path for voice, it enables organizations to avoid many of the pitfalls associated with adding voice to a data network – including poor voice quality (jitter, delay, etc.) during peak usage, dropped calls or even complete network outages. As such, with UniPhyer organizations can avoid much of the network readiness testing that is normally associated with converging voice and data on the same network.
"MiCTA has secured additional discounts for its members on Phybridge's IP telephony products," said Tim von Hoff, COO of MiCTA, in a release. "Our members want to migrate to VoIP telephony solutions, but often face significant barriers to adoption. In many cases, our members would need to make expensive infrastructure upgrades to use VoIP services. Using the Phybridge UniPhyer, they can migrate painlessly to VoIP telephony without having to commit significant resources to telephone infrastructure improvements."
"Phybridge is excited to be an approved MiCTA Vendor and to offer a quick, easy and graceful way to migrate to IP Telephony in a most cost-effective manner," added John Croce, Chief Executive Officer of Phybridge.
Read here about how UniPhyer recently gave St. John’s Communities a smooth migration path to VoIP.
Patrick Barnard is Group Managing Editor, TMCnet. In addition to leading the online editorial department, he focuses on call and contact center technologies. He also covers IP communications, networking and a variety of other topics. To read more of Patrick's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Patrick Barnard