PowerDsine Certifies 25th IP Phone Vendor for Power over Ethernet

3/3/2004 - PowerDsine®, the leading provider of Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology, announced that it has certified its twenty-fifth IP phone vendor for interoperability with the IEEE 802.3af PoE standard. This milestone further illustrates PowerDsine's leadership in PoE technology and the company's success in driving IEEE 802.3af- based certification for new Voice over IP (VoIP) phones worldwide.

According to IDC research last November, worldwide IP telephone unit sales are set to grow from 1.5 million in 2003 to nearly 5 million in 2007. With IP phone sales expected to explode over the next few years, PowerDsine's PoE technology and certification program will play an instrumental role as PoE promises to save companies as much as 50% on the cost of deploying each end-user device.

"PowerDsine co-founded the IEEE 802.3af Task Force and has held its leadership position in the Power over Ethernet market by helping vendors build and certify PoE-enabled IP phones, wireless LAN access points, Bluetooth access points, network cameras and other Ethernet-connected devices," said PowerDsine CEO and co-founder, Igal Rotem. "Our certification program invites any equipment vendor to partner with us, so ultimately end users can choose from a wide variety of interoperable 802.3af-compliant products."

Now that 802.3af-compliant phones are available, adopters finally feel comfortable deploying VoIP technology knowing that it will interoperate with next-generation equipment. More importantly, end users see the significant cost savings that PoE delivers. With PoE, IP phones and other devices receive power, data, voice and video via the Ethernet network, thus eliminating the need to contract an electrician to install additional power cabling and AC outlets. To date, PowerDsine has certified multiple IP phone models from vendors such as Avaya, Mitel, Nortel, 3Com, Cisco and numerous others.

Please visit Booth #534 at VoiceCon 2004 in Orlando, FL to see a demonstration of Power over Ethernet technology with a Voice over IP phone

About IEEE 802.3af Standard
The standard, approved by the International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Board on June 12, 2003, outlines how to feed power to LAN-connected devices, such as VoIP phones, wireless LAN access points, and IP network cameras, over Ethernet cabling. For more information on the standard, go to http://www.standards.ieee.org. 802.3af addresses and defines the following issues:

About PowerDsine
PowerDsine is the Power over Ethernet technology pioneer, providing the ability to deliver both power and data over a single network cable. PowerDsine offers converged power and data solutions to corporate users via its own range of equipment and via OEM agreements with the leading communications equipment manufacturers in the telecom and datacom industries. PowerDsine's product line offers a variety of Power over Ethernet midspan devices as well as integrated solutions, which are embedded directly into Ethernet switches. PowerDsine is a founding member of the IEEE 802.3af Task Force. For more information, please visit http://www.powerdsine.com.

PowerDsine is a registered trademark of PowerDsine Ltd.

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