Digium (News - Alert), the company that revolutionized business communications with the open source IP-PBX known as Asterisk, and TeleMatrix, Inc., a maker advanced SIP telephone sets, today announced an interoperability partnership that provides Asterisk dealers and developers with various new SIP and “Digital European Cordless Telecommunications” telephone solutions for hotel guestroom applications.
DECT (News - Alert) is a cordless phone specification that hails from Europe, originating as a second-generation cordless phone interim standard in the UK called CT2 that supported 40 voice channels and was the result of a 1980s research effort by a consortium of companies including Ferranti, Plessey, Shaye and STC. Unfortunately, CT2 while allowed inbound and outbound conversations within the home it only allowed outbound calls when the user was outside, a problem that led to the development by Ericsson of CT3 (also called DCT 900), based on an early DECT-like specification.
The ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) finally published the modern DECT specification in January 1988. The first ETSI DECT standards appeared in 1992 and were quickly followed by the first DECT cordless phone, the Siemens Gigaset 900, which had sold 10 million units by 1997. In 2004 the FCC (News - Alert) granted spectrum modification in the 1920-1930 MHz UPCS band so that the European DECT protocol could be used in America . The latest versions of DECT offer lower interference with WiFi (News - Alert) in the home, greater security, more feature applications and better frequency management.
In the case of Asterisk and TeleMatrix, their new partnership provides Asterisk channel partners with access to complete portfolio of SIP corded and DECT SIP cordless hotel guestroom telephone solutions. TeleMatrix is an ISO 9001 and RoHS-certified manufacturer of SIP corded, DECT SIP cordless, analog and digital Centrex telephones for hotel, education, healthcare and general business applications. The product line ranges from SIP trimlines to stylish 3300IP corded and 9600IP DECT SIP cordless phones.
Through the 2006 merger of TeleMatrix and Scitec, the combined companies have deployed seven million telephones at 30,000 commercial customer locations worldwide. TeleMatrix SIP telephones are designed with an international sensibility for form and function, including colored handset inserts to enhance and complement hotel guestroom and office decor on selected models. Hotel customers include Accor, Best Western, Choice Hotels International, Hilton, Hyatt, International Hotels Group, Marriott, Starwood, Swissotel and Wyndham.
As for Digium, it continues to be the innovative force behind Asterisk, the most popular open source telephony software in the world. Asterisk set the standard as a cost-effective alternative to proprietary communication software and “big iron” PBXs. Digium offers Asterisk IP-PBX software free to the open source community and offers Asterisk Business Edition and Switchvox (News - Alert) IP-PBX software to power a broad family of products for small, medium and large businesses. Aside from its free and/or inexpensive telephony software, Digium also sells hardware in the form of plug-in I/O boards and appliances, enabling resellers and customers quickly to implement turnkey VoIP phone systems or to design their own custom telephony solutions for those programming-savvy individuals so inclined.
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Edited by Michael Dinan