NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasonic, a leading provider of business telephone systems1,announced today that its latest UTG Series of SIP-based telephones, the KX-UTG200B and KX-UTG300B, have successfully completed interoperability testing with Digium’s Asterisk open source communications software and are recognized as Digium Asterisk Certified products. Telephony providers using Asterisk software can now efficiently and securely provision Panasonic’s KX-UTG200B & KX-UTG300B phones for mass deployment with plug and play simplicity and flexible configuration options to customers of all sizes in a variety of markets.
Digium is the creator, sponsor and driving force behind Asterisk, a widely used open source telephony software. Digium created the Asterisk Certified Product Program to allow vendors to certify their solutions with the latest version of Asterisk. Certification provides assurance to Asterisk community members and to business customers that a product has been tested and certified by Asterisk developers.
Panasonic’s new SIP phones passed a variety of rigorous interoperability tests including basic functionality, advanced calling features, scalability and reliability. This ensures that customers can take full advantage of the Asterisk features and functionality on the Panasonic UTG SIP phones.
Enterprise customers benefit from a feature-rich, affordable SIP telephony solution and low total cost of ownership. Panasonic and Digium work together to support business customers who want to take advantage of the cost-efficiency, flexibility, advanced capabilities and high-performance standards of open source telephony solutions.
“As a leading supplier of business telephones, Panasonic continues to innovate and provide high quality, fully interoperable and cost-effective communication solutions to our customers in a wide variety of markets,” said Kim Murtagh, Senior Product Manager for Panasonic Business Telephone Systems. “Partnering with Digium allows customers who utilize the Asterisk open source feature to take advantage of Panasonic SIP quality and reliability on the desktop.”
“Digium is excited that Panasonic, a leading telecommunications solution provider, has sought out and achieved Asterisk certification,” said Mark Amick, Director of Product Management for Digium. “The certification of Panasonic’s phones with Asterisk not only provides confidence in the level of product integration a user can expect, but it also reinforces the openness and flexibility that is at the core of Asterisk, and that exists within the Asterisk community.”
For a full list of key features of the KX-UTG200B & KX-UTG300B SIP phones, please visit: http://www.panasonic.com/SIP.
Pricing and Availability
The KX-UTG200 and KX-UTG300 Series will become widely available on May 13, 2014 at a suggested retail price of $269 & $379, respectively. Users may also purchase a KX-UTA336 Expansion Module at a suggested retail price of $199. Panasonic’s SIP phones come standard with an industry leading two-year warranty, offering guaranteed reliability and unquestionable value to any size business.
For more information on Panasonic’s full line of SIP-based Business Communication Phones, please visit http://www.panasonic.com/SIP
Panasonic Solutions for Business
Panasonic delivers game-changing technology solutions that deliver a customized experience to drive better outcomes—for our customers and our customers’ customers. Panasonic engineers reliable products and solutions that help to create, capture and deliver data of all types, where, when and how it is needed. The complete suite of Panasonic professional solutions for government and commercial enterprises of all sizes addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, visual communications (projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD video production. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.
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Digium®, Inc. provides Asterisk® software, telephony hardware, and on-premises and hosted Switchvox business phone systems that deliver enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions at an affordable price. Digium is the creator, primary developer and sponsor of the Asterisk project; the world’s most widely used open source communications software. Asterisk turns an ordinary computer into a feature-rich communications server. A community of more than 80,000 developers and users worldwide uses Asterisk to create VoIP communication solutions in more than 170 countries. Since 1999, Digium has empowered developers to create innovative communications solutions based on open standards and open source software, providing an alternative to proprietary phone systems. Digium Switchvox Cloud and other cloud-based products and services are offered through Digium Cloud Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Digium, Inc. Digium’s business communications products are sold through a worldwide network of reseller partners.
About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. In Interbrand’s 2014 annual “Best Global Green Brands” report, Panasonic ranked number five overall and the top electronics brand in the report. As part of continuing sustainability efforts, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its headquarters to a new facility, built to meet LEED certification standards, adjacent to Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ. Learn more about Panasonic at www.panasonic.com.
1 For full calendar year of 2012 in North America. By the Parsippany, NJ based information technology market research firm T3i Group. Defined by T3i Group as the sum of key/hybrid, PBX, and IP-PBX business phone systems with 2-40 extensions.