Aastra Unveils its Next-Generation IP Telephony Solution for Large Enterprises

Aastra today announced that it has launched the Aastra 5000, an open-standards-based IP telephony software targetting large enterprises with multi-site networks.

The IP Telephony market is presently enjoying two figure growth and is progressively replacing traditional solutions (TDM). The first phase of migration to Voice over IP (VoIP 1.0) saw the deployment of mainly proprietary solutions, without really affecting existing telephone architecture.

But from now on, with the increased reliability of IP networks and the accelerated development of new communication tools derived from the Internet, a second phase of migration (VoIP 2.0) has begun. This relies more on open standards and strengthens the interoperability of systems, terminals and applications.

It is in this market context that Aastra is launching the Aastra 5000 software that can scale from 500 to 150,000 users (15,000 per server) and cover 2,000 sites. The telephony system also offers a robust platform for operators and integrators wishing to deliver managed communication services.

Aastra 5000 is based on open standards enabling it to be integrated into the network easily. It forms part of Aastra’s long term product roadmap which aims to drive the use of open standards in business telephony.

Aastra 5000 includes: a SIP protocol ensuring it is compatible with all types of terminals: IP Aastra, SIP, SIP Video, H323, DECT over IP, SIP Wi-Fi or GSM/Wi-Fi, SIP or Aastra Softphones. Aastra’s popular 5300ip range (5360ip, 5370ip and 5380ip) is now also available with the Aastra 5000. a SIP Trunk interface for enterprises that can connect to Voice over IP operators and therefore provide communications savings an architecture based on Linux, which offers better reactivity when developing and integrating new software applications.