Aastra Technologies Limited

Aastra Technologies Limited

March 14, 2005 08:45 ET

Aastra Launches VentureIP'TM'-The First Enterprise-Class, P2P, IP-based Phone System


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FOR: AASTRA TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

TSX SYMBOL: AAH

MARCH 14, 2005 - 08:45 ET

Aastra Launches VentureIP'TM'-The First
Enterprise-Class, P2P, IP-based Phone System

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2005) -

Powered By Nimcat, The VentureIP™ System Enables SMBs To Easily
Install and Operate A Full-Featured Phone System By Simply Connecting
Telephones To Their Network

Aastra Technologies Limited (TSX:AAH), a leader in enterprise
communication access products, extended its industry leadership today
with the launch of VentureIP™ - the first enterprise-class, P2P
(peer-to-peer) IP-based phone system. Powered by Nimcat Networks' nimX
software, the system enables small to-medium business (SMBs) to install,
operate and manage a full-featured phone system by simply plugging the
VentureIP 480i telephone into their local area network (LAN). The system
scales on a phone by phone basis and can be connected to the local PSTN
via the VentureIP Gateway.

"We are pleased to offer the first IP-based, P2P system in our industry
that meets the enterprise-class telephony needs of the SMB market," said
Hung Lam, director IP product portfolio at Aastra Telecom. "When a new
VentureIP 480i telephone is added to the network, it independently
recognizes all other VentureIP terminals and gateways on the network and
instantly forms a trusted, virtual exchange - with the ability to
interact with its peers and to connect to the PSTN. When a user connects
a VentureIP 480i telephone into their data network, the device
automatically configures itself, allowing calls to be made and received
without any additional, complex setup or centralized server equipment.
Additionally, through its connection to the LAN and the Internet, users
have Web-based access to the VentureIP system to better manage their
set's options, as well as access to future software enhancements."

The VentureIP Gateway enables connectivity to the local PSTN. Each
VentureIP Gateway supports up to four telephone lines, while multiple
gateways can be supported on the same network. Just like the VentureIP
480i telephone, the VentureIP Gateway is a self-aware device and
automatically configures itself within the system.

"The VentureIP 480i and Gateway combination is an incredibly reliable,
simple to install and cost-effective alternative to purchasing and
managing a PBX phone system. Our full-featured telephones contain all of
the logic of a PBX, and when networked together, create a system that
can easily be scaled on a set by set basis at the end user's pace," said
Steve Copeland, vice president marketing at Aastra Telecom.

Key Features of the VentureIP Telephone System include:

- Low-cost IP-based telephony system - P2P, VoIP

- Complete PBX telephony features including : voice mail, intercom /
page and auto attendant

- Eight-line graphic display with six dynamic context-sensitive softkeys

- Premium speakerphone performance

- Automatic start-up with no configuration required

- Systems scales set by set - no need to purchase a minimum number of
units

- Completely automated for adds, moves and changes

Nimcat nimX-Powered™

Aastra's VentureIP 480i and VentureIP Gateway devices leverage Nimcat
Networks' embedded software. Nimcat's nimX - embedded, P2P call
processing software - takes the intelligence usually found at the PBX
and distributes it to end-user telephone sets. Call-control,
conferencing, voice-mail and auto-attendant, among other key features,
are all contained within and powered by the IP telephone.

Pricing & Availability

The system is available immediately from current Aastra distributors.
Suggested retail pricing is $379.00 USD and $289.00 USD for the
VentureIP 480i and the VentureIP Gateway respectively.

About Aastra Technologies

Aastra Technologies Limited (TSX: "AAH"), headquartered in Concord,
Ontario, Canada, develops and markets products and systems for accessing
communication networks. Aastra's products include a full-range of IP and
traditional residential and business telephone terminals, enterprise
Private Branch Exchanges (PBX), network access servers and high-quality
digital video gateways. Aastra serves the majority of telephone
companies and certain cable operators and broadcasters in North America
and Europe, with a growing presence in South America and Asia. For more
information on Aastra or its products, please visit the website at
www.aastra.com

Aastra Technologies Limited, VentureIP™ 480i, VentureIP™ Gateway
and any combinations thereof are the property of Aastra Technologies
Limited. Nimcat Networks, nimX, and nimX-Powered are the property of
Nimcat Networks, Inc. All other brand and product names are used for
identification only and are owned by their respective holders.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Tactile Marketing Group
    Editors & Industry Analysts Contact:
    Ed Schauweker
    (703) 963-5238
    ed@tactilemarketing.com
    or
    Aastra Telecom
    Aastra Contact: Hung Lam
    Director, IP Product Portfolio
    (905) 760-4200
    hlam@aastra.com