2/18/2003 - Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company and Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. announced tested functionality between Panasonic’s Telephone Systems and PBXs with Multi-Tech’s Voice over IP technologies. Multi-Tech’s complete line of MultiVOIP Voice IP gateway and combination gateway/gatekeepers are being recommended for use with Panasonic’s Advanced Hybrid Telephone Systems, Digital Super Hybrid Telephone Systems and Digital PBX System. The Panasonic/Multi-Tech product combination works in multi-location IP networks where Panasonic Communications Systems are or will be providing voice services at each location. By connecting Multi-Tech Voice over IP gateways to existing routers and the Panasonic equipment at the various sites, both voice and fax communications between locations can ride free over the existing IP data network.
“The beauty of this technology collaboration is in its simplicity,” said Alex Iskander, PE. National Marketing Manager for Panasonic’s Business Solutions Group. “We wanted an easy way to provide a Voice over IP capability on our telephone and PBX systems so that our users did not get mired in a complicated install. Multi-Tech offered just what we wanted because their Voice over IP products were designed to operate WITH existing routers and Panasonic telephone systems instead of having to replace them. And that is exactly what our customers want. We now recommend the Multi-Tech Voice over IP solutions for use on all of our communications systems.”
"The wide range of products Panasonic has in telephone equipment makes them a valued resource for us," said Chip Harleman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. "They have products suitable for SOHO operations, branch office sites all the way up to large PBXs. Having our Voice over IP gateways recommended by a supplier of such a wide range of solutions means our equipment will obtain exposure to companies of all sizes. That is the kind of opportunity we are looking for in the market."
Multi-Tech’s MultiVOIP solutions will work with Panasonic’s Advanced Hybrid Telephone Systems (KX-TA624, KX-TA1232), Digital Super Hybrid Systems (KZ-TD308, KX-TD1232, KX-TD816) and Digital PBX Systems (KX-TD500). Multi-Tech’s MultiVoIP Gateways connect to the telephone system’s voice cards via FXS, FXO or E&M interfaces and user supplied router via a 10/100 Ethernet interface. Any voice or fax calls then made from one network location to another via the telephone equipment will be routed over the IP network at no charge. Using the PSTN fail over feature calls are routed over the PSTN if the IP network has problems. A network comprised of Panasonic and Multi-Tech equipment provides significant savings on long distance and international voice and fax telephone charges.
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, Ltd. (NYSE:MC). Matsushita Electric Corporation of America is a founding member of the Internet Home Alliance. Parent company Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, is a worldwide leader in the development of technologies for and the production of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use. It recorded sales of $51.70 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002. Additional information about Matsushita Electric and its Panasonic brand products is available at www.panasonic.com.
About Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.
An ISO 9001 certified global manufacturer of award winning Internet, remote access, and telephony products, Multi-Tech Systems provides end-to-end solutions for small- to to medium-sized businesses. Multi-Tech’s products are available through a worldwide network of business partners (distributors, resellers, system integrators, ISPs, and ISVs), or embedded in solutions from OEMs.
Privately held Multi-Tech Systems has over 57 US patents and numerous international patents including many dealing with multiplexing voice, data and video packets over a communications network used in technologies such as Internet telephony, PC telephony, voice over IP or frame relay, and DSVD modems. For additional information, contact Multi-Tech at 800/328-9717 or 763/785-3500, via fax at 763/785-9874 or browse the company’s Web site at www.multitech.com.
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