HD sound comes to Aastra business dect

Aastra is enhancing the business DECT market by becoming the first vendor to offer High Definition (HD) audio quality to corridor warriors.

Aastra’s SIP-DECT 3.1 release reaps the benefits of CAT-iq (Cordless Advanced Technology—internet and quality), a new standard initiated by the DECT Forum for IP and voice services in the next generation cordless networks (including HD voice).

With the launch of SIP-DECT 3.1, Aastra is introducing a new handset and range of base stations, all CAT-iq 1.0 certified, bringing crystal clear HD quality sound to employees who are on the move.

This new release builds on Aastra SIP-DECT’s existing strengths: a cost effective, easy to deploy and highly scalable in-house mobility solution for businesses of all sizes, including multi-site organisations and ideal for vertical sectors such as healthcare, retail or hospitality where on-site mobility is a key requirement.

According to Henning Gmerek, Global Wireless Terminals and Infrastructure Manager at Aastra, “More and more people are experiencing the benefits of High Definition IP phones. They really enjoy the superior sound quality, particularly when making overseas calls or taking part in conference calls. Thanks to Aastra’s SIP-DECT 3.1, they can now benefit from such high quality sound when on the move at work.”

“Mobility is a major component of Aastra’s strategy. As a result of developing our own DECT technology, we are able to lead the way in the business DECT market. Our significant investment in R&D has resulted in Aastra becoming the first provider to offer such a comprehensive solution with CAT-iq High Definition audio. We have a very compelling and cost-effective in-house mobility offer for businesses of all sizes wanting High Definition sound on business DECT handsets. We also provide a choice of deployment options, including easy integration within an IP environment.”

According to Francisco Rizzo, Research Analyst, Unified Communications and Collaboration from Frost & Sullivan, “With voice quality and security being two of the main components that IT managers look for when considering an enterprise mobility solution, DECT is the clear winner. Working over a dedicated frequency, DECT handsets have superior sound quality and security in comparison to VoWLAN Single-mode devices. DECT’s overall cost effectiveness (low-cost handsets, implementation, and maintenance) compared to other wireless solutions aids its adoption.”

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