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September 18, 2009

SKYPE News - SIPfoundry's Open IP PBX Now Compatible with Skype

By Vivek Naik, TMCnet Contributor

Skype  announced that SIPfoundry’s sipXecs, an open source enterprise Internet Protocol Private Branch eXchange unified communications solution, has reportedly been certified as interoperable with Skype (News - Alert) for SIP Session Initiated Protocol.

Officials said that businesses using sipXecs can now save additional money by directing their outbound calls to mobiles and landlines via Skype, and also help them receive inbound calls from Skype users, because of the low cost of Skype’s global calling rates for mobiles and landlines.
“At a time where small and medium-sized businesses are dealing with tighter budgets, many of them are considering open source alternatives to traditional IP PBX (News - Alert) systems,” said Stefan Oberg, vice president and general manager for business at Skype, in a statement. “By certifying sipXecs as interoperable with Skype for SIP, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to open source and standards like SIP and SIPconnect. Furthermore, we are giving IT administrators the opportunity to leverage a very cost-effective solution, combining the low upfront cost of an open source IP PBX with the low-cost global calling rates that Skype is known for.”
Generally speaking, SIP is a set of rules and programming methods to initiate, re-sculpt, and end a session in the application layer of the TCP/IP model. It is ideally suited for multimedia and VVoIP application and sends packets either to single of multiple destinations. SIP has a clutch of security software and works comfortably only once integrated with other multimedia architecture such as Real-time Transport Protocol, Real Time Streaming Protocol, Media gateway control protocol or H.248, Public Switched Telephone Network and Session Description Protocol. It is suitable for Wi-Fi, AV conferencing and Wideband IP telephony.
The company said that the solution can also be accessed by Skype’s 481 registered users whose Skype initiated calls get routed through the sipXecs IP PBX, and prospective customers have the additional advantage of purchasing an online Skype number.
“Achieving interoperability with Skype for SIP means it is now easy for companies that deploy the sipXecs IP PBX solution to route their outbound calls via Skype,” said Martin J. Steinmann, member of the board of directors at SIPfoundry (News - Alert), in a statement. “The ability for the many companies around the globe that are already using a sipXecs IP PBX system to now get the many benefits which Skype for SIP delivers further enhances the ease-of-use and low total cost of ownership of our open source solution.”
Earlier in the year, Skype released of a brand new version of Skype called Skype 4.0, which is available for free download. The standout improved features - personalized and full-screen video calling, multi-window conversation tracker, and the User Interfaces are more user friendly than previous releases - for the 22.4 MB download were driven by demands from more than 20,000 customers.

Vivek Naik is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Vivek's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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