Thursday, January 15, 2004

Cisco Earns Top Prize in Voice Industry's Premier IP PBX Competition

Miercom awards Cisco with "Best in Test" honors for its CallManager IP PBX

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 13, 2004 - Cisco Systems® today announced that the Cisco Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony system has been selected by Miercom as the overall winner of its prestigious IP PBX Review.

Miercom, a leading network consultancy and product test center, compared the Cisco CallManager system, the core of its IP Communications system, with entries from Alcatel, Avaya and Nortel Networks. This test was for large-scale IP PBX systems capable of supporting 1,000 or more users. All four vendors were rated in six different categories: architecture, endpoints, management and administration, features, performance and security.

Cisco placed first in the phones, management and administration and performance categories to take the overall top honors in the review. In addition, Cisco placed second in architecture and security and third in the features category. The complete results of the review are available now in the January edition of Business Communications Review (BCR) magazine: Miercom IP PBX Review.

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It should be noted that many peoply just cannot believe this ;-)

Senator John Sununu to Introduce a VoIP Bill in 2004

Last Friday, U.S. Senator John E. Sununu (R-NH) outlined high-tech policy issues for the upcoming Senate session, including the future of VoIP, as a participant on the Congressional panel at CES in Las Vegas.

He issued the following statement:

"Voice communications are at a watershed moment. The adoption and deployment of VoIP applications allow providers to completely reject old ideas and limitations over voice communications. Beyond improving productivity and creating valuable new service features, the innovation created by VoIP applications forces a complete shift in the way traditional voice communications are viewed.

"VoIP allows for the integration of voice communications into other features and functions, including the packaging of a complete multi-media offering, and low-cost exchanges for business applications. The participants in the International Consumer Electronics Show are exactly the type of innovators and risk takers that will help take VoIP applications into exciting new directions.

"Unfortunately, if left unattended, I'm afraid the benefits of VoIP will be smothered by state and federal regulators. A clear preemptive remedy is needed now: Congress must establish preeminence of federal authority in this area and provide major direction for any action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

"I am preparing legislation to preserve the free regulatory framework that has allowed VoIP applications to reach mainstream consumers. VoIP providers should be free from state regulation, free from the complexity of FCC regulations, free to develop new solutions to address social needs, and free to amaze consumers."

I had heard rumors that we would be seeing VoIP Bills introduced in 2004. It will be interesting to watch how the others start to line up.

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