SOURCE: Westcon Group, Inc.

Westcon Group, Inc.

June 03, 2009 12:08 ET

Westcon and Phybridge Sign North American Distribution Agreement

Phybridge Solutions Enable VARs to Quickly Establish VoIP Networks Over Traditional Telephone Cabling

TARRYTOWN, NY--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Westcon Group, Inc., the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility, announced that it has signed an agreement with Phybridge Inc., an innovative manufacturer of VoIP deployment infrastructure. Westcon will offer Phybridge's entire line of VoIP infrastructure solutions to its North American reseller customers, including the UniPhyer, Phybridge's easy to deploy VoIP solution. Additionally, Phybridge will participate in Westcon's ConvergencePoint ( program.

Phybridge's UniPhyer enables VoIP deployment and Power over Ethernet (PoE) over existing single pair cabling, allowing companies to establish a complete IP network for voice and data quickly and easily. The cost-effective solution, which is fully compatible with Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Polycom and other Westcon manufacturer partners, provides a dedicated path for voice, Quality of Service (QoS) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) to every desktop.

Lynn Smurthwaite Murphy, vice president, Westcon Canada, commented: "Phybridge's products offer a straightforwardness and speed of deployment that is exciting to see in the VoIP space. Their products represent a very strategic addition to our North American portfolio, and help remove some of the biggest obstacles businesses face in deploying IP communications across their networks."

"Very often, the existing LAN is not capable of supporting VoIP, but Phybridge's UniPhyer enables IP and PoE over existing telephone cabling, regardless of age or grade," she continued. "This is a very compelling proposition, especially for those customers just getting their feet wet with VoIP."

In the past, establishing a VoIP network often meant changes to the existing LAN as well as re-cabling the premises, but since Phybridge runs over an existing telephony network, customers create a cost-effective all-IP network without network or cabling upgrades. Also, the Phybridge solution remains operable in the event of a LAN disruption; this can be a common concern with VoIP networks.

"Phybridge's agreement with Westcon is in answer to requests from our partners. Resellers asked us to work with a reliable, knowledgeable distribution partner and Westcon's name was most frequently mentioned," said John Croce, CEO, Phybridge Inc. "We are excited about the opportunity to introduce the Phybridge UniPhyer to Westcon's loyal partner base. Westcon is a 'one-stop' shop for VoIP solutions, information and innovations. Our number one goal is to help our reseller partners be more successful with their clients. Westcon's experience and relationships with key partners will help us achieve this goal."

Dave Sherry, president of Unity Telecom, a Canadian-based reseller, commented: "In recent times, it has become more challenging to serve our clients with a broad array of cost-effective VoIP solutions that are easy to install. We are pleased to see Westcon and Phybridge delivering clear and cost-effective answers to the common VoIP infrastructure problems that all end-user clients face -- particularly SMBs."

Westcon resellers seeking more information about Phybridge and the UniPhyer can refer to Westcon's ConvergencePoint site, which offers detailed positioning information, FAQs, as well as video-based training resources. Additionally, resellers can contact their local Westcon sales representative. The Phybridge UniPhyer is available in 24 and 48 port versions and is available for ordering immediately.

About Phybridge Inc.

Phybridge is the leading provider of risk-free IP phone deployment infrastructure. Meeting your needs to run IP telephony without costly LAN upgrades, Phybridge's flagship product, the UniPhyer is a VoIP enabler that sets new standards in IP phone infrastructure. Our IP phone deployment technology helps to convert your IP PBX (Cisco, Nortel, Avaya, Shortel, Mitel, Siemens, etc.) into a simple risk free, plug-and-play installation with significantly lower costs and higher resiliency than those associated with traditional deployments.

The Phybridge UniPhyer, a VoIP enabler, enhances the deployment of offerings from IP telephony equipment manufacturers and service providers all over the US and Canada. We excel in unifying IP phone networks effortlessly. Visit Phybridge at Contact Phybridge at 1.866.656.0508 or

About Westcon Group

Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility and convergence for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel, Avaya and Polycom. Through its Westcon, Comstor and Voda One business practices, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit

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