VoIP equipment provider DrayTek has come up trumps at the 19th annual Taiwan Excellence awards.
The Taiwanese company, which specialises in broadband hardware such as Virtual Private Network devices, DrayTek routers, firewalls and wireless LAN, beat off competition in the to take one of the top prizes for its VigorIPPBX 2820 and VigorFly 200.
The VigorFly 200 is an 802.11n WLAN broadband router designed for the domestic user. However, it’s the VigorIPPBX 2820 which will be of most interest to the business VoIP provider and small to medium business owner looking to introduce flexibility to their business phone systems.
Designed specifically for internet telephony, it boasts a dedicated VoIP PBX which can handle up to 30 local or remote extensions, a voice auto-attendant, and an analogue phone interface as well as the standard voicemail, hunt groups and call transfer/diversion capabilities expected by businesses today. It also has SIP trunking covered, and can handle up to 6 trunks and 20 channels.
The awards, which are given by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and organised by the Bureau of Foreign Trade on behalf of the Taiwanese Ministry for Economic Affairs, are seen as one of the most prestigious to be given to technology companies, who are judged on technical innovation, carbon reduction and eco-friendliness. This year, 974 entries were submitted by 381 companies, of whom 158 were recognised for their achievements some way.
Calvin Ma, DrayTek’s CEO, commented:
“The launch of VigorIPPBX solution can be viewed as the key milestone of DrayTek’s Unified Communications development [to enable businesses to] move to all IP-based communication along with fast broadband network.”
The decision to give the award to a manufacturer of business phone systems is seen by many industry commentators as that 2011 will be a huge year for IP telephony. Many researchers, including IBM, have forecast an increase in presence of VoIP in many SMEs over the coming months.