OnRelay Gets Behind Open Source Telephony

OnRelay today announced its support of an open source platform to provide low-cost business telephony with mobile extensions.

OnRelay’s Hosted MBX with sipXecs allows businesses to deploy a mobile office communication system (mobile PBX) with no additional investment in infrastructure: no desk phones, proprietary PBXs or cabling. With MBX the mobile phone is the only “desk phone” employees require.

Today’s open source announcement opens the benefits of OnRelay Hosted MBX to the small to medium enterprise (SME) market. By choosing the leading open source PBX sipXecs, OnRelay can offer a plug and play office communication system at a SME segment price-point.

“OnRelay’s support of open source means that SMEs can benefit from the flexibility and features of a fully fledged mobile PBX,” notes CEO, Ivar Plahte. “Other hosted PBX alternatives such as Centrex take an over simplified, cookie-cutter approach to enterprise telephony. They fail to offer the rich functionality SMEs require in today’s converging world. Open source brings feature richness and internet-level scalability to OnRelay’s mobile PBX platform.”

According to Ovum’s practice leader for mobile, Jeremy Green, “Hitherto many SMEs have been reluctant to consider mobile-only strategy for telephone extensions, because they’ve been concerned that the functionality of existing PBX add-ons and hosted platforms didn’t offer them the controls and tools that they needed. New developments in this market mean that mobile-only strategy is worth a second look.”

SipXecs is a stable and scalable voice over IP (VoIP) open source system built for enterprise users. Based entirely on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) standard, sipXecs brings an extensive feature set to OnRelay MBX, including active directory integration, presence and Microsoft exchange support. SipXecs uses internet techniques and a distributed architecture to ensure a highly secure IP voice system.

OnRelay say their Hosted MBX with sipXecs is targeted particularly well to the next generation of telecom providers and that by lowering the cost of entry it allows innovative players to host enterprise-class telephony for the SME market.

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