Commetrex and Sangoma Team Up!
Interfacing HMP media servers to the PSTN just got a whole lot less expensive. Commetrex’ BladeWare now supports the Sangoma line of PSTN PCI and PCI Express interface boards. The boards will be marketed as the MSP product line, which includes 2-24-port analog with mix-and- match support for both station and office trunks, single, dual, and quad E1/T1/J1 with PRI support. BRI support provides 2-24 ports on Linux.
For years, Commetrex has shipped a limited range of PCI telephony boards, including the DSP-based MSP-320, so this announcement marks a major shift in the company’s strategy. We have landed some significant design wins in the IP enterprise- fax market with BladeWare’s high function and performance with an unbeatable price. But every one of these OEMs would like to enjoy similar competitive advantage when a TDM interface is required. They have a worldwide customer base; systems range from two to hundreds of ports. This means not just analog and E1/T1 boards, but ISDN PRI and BRI for the EU market. And then, there’s worldwide homologations.
Now, we’re venturing into T.38 Phase II. With SIP trunking obviating the need for the enterprise gateway, users and vendors are looking for end-to-end T.38 transport from deep within the enterprise to the access service provider, through the backbone IP provider to the IP-PSTN gateway. This presents the system integrator with a lot of moving parts that, since we are still at the front end of Phase II, have never been tested. Users, OEMs, and service providers need T.38 pioneer, such as Commetrex, to help them put the pieces together.
As we received IP design wins, we knew we had to get there, and get there fast to meet our FoIP customer’s PSTN-interface requirements. Then, the Sangoma folks told us that not only did they already have the products our customers need, but that they could sell them to us for less than we could produce them ourselves. We were sold. Another consideration was Sangoma’s support for Windows. There are multiple vendors for PCM- interface boards, but many only support Linux. Sangoma’s support for Linux and Windows, their simplified APIs, and strong tech support made the decision even easier.
Over three dozen boards are available in a variety of configurations. Example board prices are $272.00 for a two-line analog; 12-line analog is $993.00; single-span MSP E/T is $497.00; quad- span is $1410.00. A beta release will be available in August.
For more information or to sign up for the beta test (with discounts), contact Sales or Tom Ray at 770-407-6025.