SOURCE: Columbus International Inc.

Columbus International Inc.

December 17, 2013 09:00 ET

Columbus Achieves Highest Level of Certification for SIP Trunking for Microsoft Lync

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS--(Marketwired - Dec 17, 2013) - Columbus International Inc. (Columbus), a diversified telecommunications provider in the Caribbean, Central America and Andean region, today announced that it has completed the high-encryption (TLS/SRTP) certification requirement for SIP Trunking for Microsoft Lync. Columbus is one of 7 companies in the world to have passed the TLS/SRTP high encryption voice certification test for Lync Server 2013 and the only company certified in LATAM and the Caribbean. This milestone will provide the region with unparalleled opportunities not only for capital savings, but more effective and reliable workplace communication.

Lync is a unified communications platform that enables a consistent, rich experience across organizations and devices including presence, voice, video and messaging. Any enterprise or government agency can now use Columbus Cloud Voice Business Trunking to connect their Microsoft Lync Server 2010 or 2013 environments to enable voice and video services. Business Trunking is a key part of the Columbus Business Solutions Cloud Voice and Unified Communications portfolio delivered over the region's most powerful network.

"Lync delivers a solution to enterprises which unifies all of the modes of modern business communication," said Carlos Silvestre, Business Development Manager - Lync, LATAM at Microsoft. "Microsoft certification gives CIOs and IT professionals peace of mind that Columbus' Cloud Voice business trunking services are fully tested and compatible with Lync 2013."

"Columbus SIP trunking offers carrier grade architecture that greatly enhances security, bringing encrypted signaling based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to any organization in the CALA / Caribbean region," said Luciano Ramos, senior director technology at Columbus. "This is the latest example of our commitment to providing advanced IT Business solutions to enterprises in the region, continuing our corporate philosophy of 'enabling the future'."

Having successfully fulfilled all of the technical requirements outlined by Microsoft engineering team to become a qualified SIP trunk provider for Lync 2013, Columbus Business Solutions, a the retail business brand of Columbus, will now roll out related services to organizations across the region.

About:
Columbus International Inc
. is a private, diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. Columbus provides digital cable television, broadband Internet and digital landline telephony in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada and Curacao under the brand name FLOW and in St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Antigua under the brand name Karib Cable. Columbus also provides corporate data and cloud based services under the brand Columbus Business Solutions. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Columbus Networks, the Company provides capacity and IP services, corporate data solutions and data center hosting throughout 42 countries throughout the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region. Through its fully protected, ringed submarine fiber optic network spanning more than 42,300 km and its 26,400 km terrestrial fibre and coaxial network, Columbus' 2,600 plus professionals provide advanced telecom services to a diverse residential and corporate client base of over 600,000 customers. Visit www.columbus.co