Avaya Nimcat buy boosts VoIP for SMEs

Avaya has acquired Nimcat Networks to improve its enterprise VoIP (voice over IP) offering to SME customers.

Avaya has acquired Nimcat Networks to improve its enterprise VoIP (voice over IP) offering to SME customers.

The $40m (£23.5m) acquisition will allow Avaya SME customers to benefit from Nimcat’s NimX software, which allows users to build VoIP networks with traditional PBX (private branch exchange) features without the need for an expensive PBX.

NimX is based on the SIP (session initiation protocol) standard, which allows each handset or device to automatically discover all the other units on a network, easing the integration of new users.

Using the software, companies can benefit from traditional PBX features, such as transferring calls and voicemail, without having to use a server, as the intelligence is built into the device instead of the network.

The solution is aimed at VoIP networks with fewer than around 20 users.

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