ITEXPO (News - Alert) East 2012 in Miami collected leaders from all corners of the communications technology map, among them, Mike Coffee, CEO of Commetrex, who represents one of the more major fax and fax-over-IP (FoIP) developers this side of the globe.
Coffee brought news of the progression of Commetrex’s (News - Alert) Smart ATA solution – a next generation solution for service providers in the fax and FoIP spaces.
In an interview at the show in early February, Coffee sat down with TMC’s Erik Linask (News - Alert) to discuss the developments in the fax and FoIP world, and what Commetrex brings to the table. “We knew that service providers were ready for an ATA that would allow them to finally stop saying to their customers, ‘Keep your POTS lines for fax.’ Smart ATA is the only ATA on the market with Commetrex patent-pending Smart FoIP,” he said.
Coffee noted that there are a few major benefits of Commetrex’s Smart ATA for service providers, the first being that “it’s the only ATA with V.34 fax support.”
But the Smart ATA is not just for FoIP, as Coffee told Linask, “It’s a high-function voice ATA, in addition to a FoIP device, which supports advanced PBX (News - Alert) functionality.”
Linask probed Coffee about what he means by committing to the phrase “end-to-end fax-over-IP.” Coffee told him, “SIP trunking is going mainstream, and service providers are having to ask themselves whether or not they are going to support FoIP. If they don’t, they’ll have to continue to say to their customers, ‘Keep your POTS lines for fax.’ And that means that customers are going to have to either find a service provider that does support FoIP or continue to pay that $40 a month.”
Commetrex also recently released the addition of FoIP consulting services to its portfolio in order to help customers and users comprehend the complex issues with FoIP and the T.38 question today.
Coffee went on to describe how the company has come from the basic beginnings of fax technology to broaden its horizons with FoIP-supporting technology in the interview. See the full interview here.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca