Polycom Adds Eight Partners to VoIP Interoperability Program - Broadening Choice in Standards-Based VoIP Solutions


3Com, Aptela, CommuniGate, Fonality, Inter-Tel, NEC Phillips, pbxnsip and TeleWare receive Polycom VIP Program certification for interoperability with Polycom VoIP phones.

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 20 -- VON CONFERENCE & EXPO (booth #625) -- Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM), the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced the expansion of its VoIP Interoperability Partner (VIP) Program for manufacturers of SIP- based call control platforms, with the addition of eight newly certified members: 3Com, Aptela, CommuniGate, Fonality, Inter-Tel, NEC Phillips Unified Solutions, pbxnsip, and TeleWare. Polycom now recognizes 19 leading VoIP platform providers as certified members, offering seamless interoperability with the award-winning line of Polycom VoIP desktop and conference phones, and giving customers a broad ecosystem of interoperable, standards-based VoIP solutions that meet a range of business needs.

"Polycom and its partners are giving customers integrated solutions that will smooth the transition to VoIP and ensure reliability and comprehensive feature support between the SIP-based call platform and the Polycom phones," said Will Stofega, research manager of VoIP services at IDC. "The Polycom VIP program provides standards-based IP PBX and softswitch vendors, who do not manufacture their own phones, a process to certify their systems interoperable with Polycom's VoIP phones and provide customers with a complete IP telephony solution."

The VIP program allows vendors to demonstrate, through third-party testing and certification, that their premise-based (IP PBX) or hosted (Softswitch) call control solutions are interoperable on a defined feature set with award- winning Polycom SoundPoint® IP desktop and/or SoundStation® IP conference phones and SIP software. The Program assures that customers moving from legacy PSTN phone systems to VoIP solutions featuring Polycom phones and certified manufacturers' equipment enjoy seamless interoperability, familiar functionality that provides an easy transition to VoIP, and reliable technical support.

"As a leading independent supplier of standards-based VoIP endpoints, we appreciate the customer need to pick best-of-breed components for their VoIP solution," said Sunil Bhalla, senior vice president and general manager of voice communications at Polycom. "The goal of the VIP program is to co-operate with leading manufacturers of VoIP equipment to test and certify interoperability between their solutions and our phones, and to give customers choice of a wide variety of fully-interoperable, standards-based, end-to-end VoIP solutions."

The Program involves rigorous interoperability testing at a Polycom- approved test facility according to a Polycom test plan. To become certified, a call control platform must demonstrate 100 percent interoperability on a Polycom-predefined critical feature set. Interoperability can also be certified for features extending beyond the critical feature set, depending upon the capabilities of a particular platform. Certification in the VIP Program is available for the entire Polycom portfolio of SoundPoint IP desktop and SoundStation IP conference phones.

Upon becoming a Polycom VoIP Interoperability Partner, manufacturers of VoIP call control platforms can receive the following benefits:

o Official recognition of interoperability and partner status by Polycom,
including:

o The right to use the "VIP Partner" and "Polycom VoIP Compatible"
marks when referring to itself and to its platform, respectively.
o Inclusion in the published list of VIP Partners on http://www.polycom.com/
o Eligibility of Manufacturer's resellers to apply for Polycom VoIP
Reseller Certification and, if certified, officially resell Polycom
VoIP phones in conjunction with the certified platform.
o Access to Polycom marketing and technical resources, as per the VIP
program agreement.

Polycom's line of VoIP desktop and conference phones offers standards- based flexibility with renowned Polycom voice quality and clarity - including breakthrough Polycom HD Voice(TM) technology. The phones are upgradeable via the network and offer rich feature support through a combination of intuitive hard and soft keys with a large graphical display, making it easy for users to transition to a VoIP environment.

The new partners join existing VIP program members including Digium, Comverse/Netcentrex Converged IP Communications, Objectworld, Pingtel, and Whaleback Systems which have all successfully passed interoperability testing and are now Polycom VIP certified. The Polycom VIP program complements existing interoperability relationships between Polycom and technology partners BroadSoft, Sphere and Sylantro; co-brand partners ADTRAN and Interactive Intelligence; and IP PBX provider Nortel for VoIP phone interoperability.

Additional information about the Polycom VoIP Interoperability Partner Program is available at http://www.polycom.com/vip

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence- based networks. With its market driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. For additional information call 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom website at http://www.polycom.com/.

Source: Polycom, Inc.

CONTACT: Kevin Young, Polycom, Inc., +1-925-924-5706, kyoung@polycom.com

Web site: http://www.polycom.com/

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