Aastra Brings High Definition Sound to Business DECT

Crystal clear conversations on the move become a reality with Aastra’s SIP-DECT® 3.1 and CAT-iq

Concord, Ontario (11th February, 2013) – Aastra, a market leader in professional DECT, is enhancing the business DECT market by making CAT-iq 1.0 High Definition (HD) audio quality available to corridor warriors.

Aastra’s SIP-DECT® 3.1 release reaps the benefits of CAT-iq (Cordless Advanced Technology—internet and quality), a new standard initiated by the DECT Forum for IP and voice services in the next generation cordless networks (including HD voice).

With the launch of SIP-DECT® 3.1, Aastra is introducing a new handset and range of base stations, all CAT-iq 1.0 certified, bringing crystal clear HD quality sound to employees who are on the move.

Aastra “Business Class” campus mobility

Aastra’s SIP-DECT release 3.1 features a number of key enhancements including:

- a new DECT handset solely designed for business imperatives with CAT-iq 1.0 certification to offer HD quality audio
- the first to offer a DECT network with a fast Gigabit Ethernet backbone to integrate with the latest generation of IP networks
- a comprehensive CAT-iq 1.0 solution for business DECT
- the only company with a DECT/WLAN-n-standard combo base station

This new release builds on Aastra SIP-DECT’s existing strengths: a cost effective, easy to deploy and highly scalable mobility solution for businesses of all sizes, including multi-site organisations and ideal for vertical sectors such as healthcare, retail or hospitality where on-site mobility is a key requirement.

According to Henning Gmerek, Global Wireless Terminals and Infrastructure Manager at Aastra, “More and more people are experiencing the benefits of High Definition IP phones. They really enjoy the superior sound quality, particularly when making overseas calls or taking part in conference calls. Thanks to Aastra’s SIP-DECT 3.1, they can now benefit from such high quality sound when on the move at work.

“Mobility is a major component of Aastra’s strategy. As a result of developing our own DECT technology, we are able to lead the way in the business DECT market and offer comprehensive cordless mobility networks with outstanding enterprise features. We have a very compelling and cost-effective mobility offer for businesses of all sizes wanting High Definition sound on business DECT handsets. We also provide a choice of deployment options, including easy integration within an IP environment.”

According to Francisco Rizzo, Research Analyst, Unified Communications and Collaboration from Frost & Sullivan, “With voice quality and security being two of the main components that IT managers look for when considering an enterprise mobility solution, DECT is the clear winner. Working over a dedicated frequency, DECT handsets have superior sound quality and security in comparison to VoWLAN Single-mode devices. DECT’s overall cost effectiveness (low-cost handsets, implementation, and maintenance) compared to other wireless solutions aids its adoption.”

A comprehensive offering

Aastra’s new 650c DECT handset provides the full experience of wideband audio. It supports Bluetooth and comes with a scratch resistant display for industrial environments. The 650c is also compatible with Aastra SIP-DECT added-value features such as locating, messaging and alarming.

The new base stations introduced as part of Aastra’s SIP-DECT 3.1 launch fully support CAT-iq and Gigabit Ethernet. The new range includes the following models:

- RFP 35 IP for indoor use
- Combo RFP 43 WLAN, providing the best quality for DECT and data transmission
- RFP 36 IP with built-in antennas for outdoor use (campuses, car parks)
- RFP 37 IP for use with external antennas for outdoor communications

Aastra’s SIP-DECT 3.1 can be integrated with Aastra’s communication servers, SIP compatible call managers, IP Centrex or Microsoft® Lync™ with certified gateways.

For further information, visit www.aastra.com

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About Aastra

Aastra Technologies Limited, (TSX:“AAH”), is a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative communications products and applications for businesses. With a strong focus on open standards, Aastra enables enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. Aastra’s operations are truly global with more than 50 million installed lines around the world and a direct and indirect presence in more than 100 countries. Aastra is entirely dedicated to enterprise communications and offers one of the most complete portfolios of unified communications solutions individually tailored to satisfy its customers’ requirements. These range from feature-rich call managers for small and medium businesses and highly scalable ones for large enterprises, associated UC applications, integrated mobility, multimedia call center solutions and high definition video communications to a wide selection of deskphones and cordless terminals. For additional information on Aastra, visit our website at http://www.aastra.com

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