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Novus Named a Preferred Partner for Yealink Skype For Business Edition Phones

Yealink’s Full Range of VoIP terminals, including the company’s certified phones
for Microsoft Skype For Business are now added to Novus’ services

Trumbull, CT – Novus LLC,  the premier North American distributor of IP voice technology and a certified Gold-level partner of Microsoft’s unified communications (UC) voice solutions for resellers and businesses, today announced a distribution partnership with Yealink, a leading global UC terminal solution provider.

Novus will now offer its U.S.-based resellers, service provider partners, and business customers Yealink’s full portfolio of voice terminals, ranging from conference phones and desktop phones to wireless DECT phones – with a specific emphasis on Yealink’s Endpoint Solutions for Microsoft Skype For Business.

As a Yealink Preferred Partner, Novus will be the company’s authorized reseller for Yealink’s growing portfolio of certified Skype For Business HD IP Phones in the U.S. Novus’ Skype For Business services, a portfolio of strategic technical and go-to-market programs designed to accelerate business’ adoption and deployment of Microsoft unified communications voice solutions, will now incorporate Yealink’s Microsoft-certified products.

“We are pleased to offer Yealink’s full portfolio of voice terminal solutions to Novus partners,” said Stone Lu, Yealink vice president. “Yealink and Novus share the same goal of delivering solutions that meet and exceed businesses’ communication needs. Working with Novus, Yealink can offer its advanced VoIP endpoints to Novus’s U.S. partners and business customers and deliver the tangible benefits these partners and customers expect.”

Yealink is a certified Microsoft Gold Communications Competency Hardware Partner, and the company works closely with Microsoft to deliver Skype For Business HD IP Phones that are effortless to deploy and easy to use and that require minimal training. The high-quality phone endpoints are advanced, feature-rich, SIP-based endpoints designed to address the communication needs of all business environments, from small SOHO businesses to multi-location enterprises and call centers.

Yealink’s supported phones include the following:

  • Desktop Voice Communication 
    Yealink’s business-grade T2 series provides compact, robust, economical phones, while the ultra-elegant T4 series represents the cutting edge of VoIP technology. Together, they offer ten model choices for businesses of any size and a range of budget and technology needs. Customers can choose from a variety of phones, such as entry-level phones, Gigabit phones, and touch-screen color phones.
  • Audio Conferencing
    Yealink’s award-winning CP860 Diamond IP conference phone combines superior audio performance with multiple productivity features, such as linking calls to a PC or mobile softphone, access to call recording via a USB port, and five-party conferencing.
  • Voice Communication for On-the-go Workers
    Yealink’s wireless DECT phone solutions include the W52P, the upgraded W56P and the RT10 DECT Repeater, ideal for employees in retail, hospitality or manufacturing/warehouse environments where employees are constantly on the move. The Yealink DECT phones feature a wide and stable signal coverage and rich phone functions that help increase users’ communication efficiency.

“Yealink is a leader in IP voice communications, and it has extensive expertise developing advanced, feature-rich, high-value, SIP-based desktop and DECT phones that enhance productivity and drive bottom-line business performance,” said Chris Meehan, managing partner of Novus. “This agreement marks an important first step, and we look forward to building on this already-strong relationship and expanding our Yealink offerings in the months and years ahead.”

Novus is a certified Microsoft Gold Communications Partner for Skype For Business.  This designation is earned by Novus meeting Microsoft’s rigorous technical, sales and marketing standards for Skype For Business. The competency indicates that Novus has demonstrated best-in-class capabilities and expertise for Microsoft UC solutions achieved through a rigorous and auditable approval process.

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About Novus
Novus is a leading distributor of legacy and IP voice and data communications technology with nearly three decades of experience advising and supporting value-added resellers (VARs) throughout North America. The firm works with over one dozen equipment manufacturers and their distributors to sell and support affordable, innovative telecommunications solutions. In December 2013, Novus achieved Microsoft’s Partner Network Gold Communications competency, one of only a few distributors in North America to do so. The company supports legacy products from Nortel, NEC, Avaya, and Vodavi and acts as a liaison for manufacturer-supported programs for remanufactured, new, manufacturer-discontinued, and end-of-life products. Novus also provides call center management, consultation, and asset management services.

For more information, visit www.novusllc.com or call (866) 331-1112. Visit Novus’ blog at www.ip-hive.com, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, or like us on Facebook.

ATIS and SIP Forum Complete New IP-Based Network to Network Interface (NNI) Technical Specification

Joint task force delivers major milestone with the publication of the first standardized, industry-based,
consensus-driven specification designed to achieve IP-based interconnection of service provider networks.

Washington, DC and North Andover, MA – ATIS and the SIP Forum today announced completion of the first standardized IP-based network-to-network interconnection (NNI) with consensus across North American Service providers. This accomplishment enables a major objective identified in the United States National Broadband Plan, to ensure that all service connections between providers occur at the Internet Protocol (IP) level. It also helps the industry advance a major business objective of achieving the interconnection needed to reliably deliver a range of exciting new IP-based services. This work is the product of the ATIS/SIP Forum Joint Task Force, which is at the forefront of conducting an industry effort to evaluate the current state of IP-IP interconnection, identify problem areas, and provide detailed protocol-level specifications to advance solutions.

Two recently completed documents provide a detailed, protocol-level IP-NNI specification for one service – voice. From this initial profile, further specifications can more easily be developed. The two new ratified documents are (1) IP Interconnection Profile, which describes a reference architecture and specifications for both the protocol and media as it appears “on-the-wire” at interconnect points; and (2) IP Interconnection Routing Report, which documents mechanisms for identifying the preferred IP interconnection point for a given phone number.

“By simplifying IP interconnection for voice and making it easier to set up IP services, the groundwork is in place for delivering ubiquitous advanced real-time communications,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “The opportunities are virtually limitless, but examples of new services envisioned on the horizon are high-definition voice, point-to-point video calling and multimedia text across wireless, wireline and cable providers. ATIS is excited about the value our collaboration with the SIP Forum is delivering the industry.”

With the new specification in place, work on Phase 2 of the ATIS/SIP Forum IP-NNI Joint Task Force is underway. It will address inter-carrier video calling, enhanced calling name delivery (CNAM), and develop an implementation profile for secure caller ID based on the IETF STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) Working Group. These technical initiatives represent the commitment and leadership of the industry to protect consumers and enterprises from the plague of Caller ID Spoofing and Robocalls.

Phase 2 will also provide requirements for IP-NNI interoperability testing and conduct a detailed assessment of the ongoing security requirements for VoIP (Voice over IP) interconnect.

“It is our intention to build on success. We are delighted with our collaboration with ATIS,” said Richard Shockey, Chairman of the SIP Forum. “We are jointly committed to fulfilling the promise of the ‘any-to-any’ model of real-time communications over an all-IP infrastructure. In addition, we will fully integrate our SIPconnect Specification for seamless IP-PBX or Cloud-based services into the NNI effort. Once that is achieved, we will have fulfilled the promise of ubiquitous multi media Enterprise Unified Communications.”

Both of the new specifications are available free of charge in the atis.org White Paper Center:

These documents are also available from the SIP Forum website free of charge.

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About ATIS
As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry’s most pressing business priorities. ATIS’ nearly 200 member companies are currently working to address 5G, the All-IP transition, network functions virtualization, big data analytics, cloud services, device solutions, emergency services, M2M, cyber security, network evolution, quality of service, billing support, operations, and much more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle – from design and innovation through standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, open source solutions, and interoperability testing.

ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of the oneM2M global initiative, a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit www.atis.org.

About the SIP Forum
The SIP Forum is an IP communications industry association that engages in numerous activities that promote and advance SIP-based technology, such as the development of industry recommendations, the SIPit, SIPconnect-IT and RTCWeb-it interoperability testing events, special workshops, educational seminars, and general promotion of SIP in the industry. The SIP Forum is also the producer of the annual SIPNOC conferences (for SIP Network Operators Conference), focused on the technical requirements of the service provider community. One of the Forum’s notable technical activities is the development of the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation – a standards-based SIP trunking recommendation that provides detailed guidelines for direct IP peering and interoperability between IP PBXs and SIP-based service provider networks. Other important Forum initiatives include work in Fax-over-IP interoperability, User Agent Configuration, Video Relay Service interoperability, security, NNI, and SIP and IPv6. For more information, please visit: http://www.sipforum.org.