3Com aims VoIP at SMEs


3Com aims VoIP at SMEs

Joe O'Halloran

3Com has launched a range of IP telephony products targeted specifically for the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) market.


The telecoms giant claims that it will bring enterprise-calibre IP telephony  to SMEs seeking to unify communications and applications on an open architecture platform so that they can improve communications and collaboration to support growth and business continuity.

VCX Connect is designed for firms with 30 to 250 phone users and offers Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) software-based IP telephony  call control and unified messaging in a single-server package. There are two versions of the product: VCX Connect 100 is for firms with 30 to 100 users; VCX Connect 200 delivers the same performance for up to 250 users.


VCX’s software is integrated with applications such as unified messaging that provides a single inbox, connecting voicemail and fax with email and find-me/follow-me capabilities.

As part of 3Com's plans to implement best-of-breed Open Source solutions, the company also is launching the Asterisk Appliance, an Open Source voice-over-IP (VoIP) system  based on Digium's Asterisk Appliance. Designed for five to 30 phone users, it is claimed to work out of the box and is backed by 3Com warranty, service and support. It also works with the firm’s full line of telephone handsets.

"Small and medium-sized businesses demand flexible and affordable communications solutions to ensure effective collaboration and productivity," commented Brian Riggs, research director for Current Analysis' Enterprise Communications practice.


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