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Citel's VP Discusses VoIP Adaption Trial Option for Companies: Interview

February 03, 2010

By Kelly McGuire
TMCnet Editor

While attending the ITEXPO East in Miami from Jan. 20-22, as a TMC (News - Alert) Web Editor, I had the duty, and privilege, of sitting down with executives from top companies in the telecom industry to discuss various trends in their business, as well as how the show was going for them, and what to expect in the upcoming year.

One of the individuals I sat down to interview was Citel’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ian Gomm, who discussed the company’s evolution over the last few years, and its development of the company’s VoIP migration device, the Portaco TVA.
“It’s a device that lets people try out VoIP without having to do the rip and replace,” Gomm said. “Normally, when you go to VoIP, you have to have the category five and category six cabling; you’ve got to have power over Ethernet, and then you’ve got to have the IP phones.”

“With our TVA, which is basically a digital gateway, you can plug the digital or centric phones into the TVA, plug those into your router and you basically have SIP enabled phones. It allows you to move over to VoIP for a much cheaper cost,” he added.
The best part? For people who are unsure, Gomm told me in the interview, they can actually try it out, and the only thing they need is the TVA and access to a hosted IP service.
“In this economic climate especially, it’s become a little expensive for large organizations to move,” Gomm said. So, this option gives companies a cost effective way to try out a system before batting down the hatches and making a half-hearted change.

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly "green" technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire
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