September 16, 2008

Aastra Telecom Announces New Products and Services for the SMB Market

Aastra Telecom, a leading provider of standards-based SIP Telephones and IP PBX's, today announced a number of new products and service enhancement initiatives for Small Business at the Internet Telephony Conference and Expo.

The announcements include the launch of the Aastra MBU 400, a new DECT cordless system offering Small Business a cost effective mobility solution; a significant software release for the AastraLink Pro(TM) 160 IP Key System that includes shared line appearance, and the introduction of a free hosted services offering called myAastra(TM) that provides access to a set of web based applications and features enhancing the capabilities of Aastra SIP phones. All of these initiatives reinforce Aastra's position as an innovative leader in communication products for the SMB market.

Aastra MBU 400 - DECT Mobility Solution

The Aastra MBU 400 is an affordable and flexible multi-handset DECT mobility solution for the SMB market. It supports eight SIP trunks and one analog trunk/line and can handle up to eight Aastra 420d handsets. These attractive handsets feature color displays, polyphonic ringtones, vibrate functionality and all of the mobility features small business users are looking for. In addition, the Aastra MBU 400 comes with a DECT 6.0 gateway offering an FXO port, and tightly integrates with the AastraLink Pro(TM) 160, allowing customers a single tool for the administration of a complete Aastra system of SIP terminals and DECT handsets. The Aastra MBU 400 will be available in early November.

AastraLink Pro(TM) 160 - IP Key System, Release 1.2

Firmware release 1.2, scheduled for release in early November, offers significant feature upgrades that increase the flexibility and functionality of the AastraLink Pro(TM) 160. Among the enhancements are key system emulation of shared line appearance using the FXO ports, single digit IVR assignment, zone paging, simplified SIP trunk dialing options, meet-me conferencing, and integration with the Aastra MBU 400. All combined, these additional new features create a very powerful IP Key system delivering enterprise PBX features for the small business market of 25 users or less.

myAastra(TM) - Free Hosted Services

myAastra(TM) is an evolving set of free hosted services and applications designed to improve the way people communicate. Currently available on all Aastra SIP phones running SIP 2.3 firmware, the initial set of myAastra services will enhance the way you access and use your contact lists, provide quick access to a number of information services such as stock quotes, news, weather and more, and, make it easy to call or email people with a single press of a button on your Aastra SIP phone. myAastra delivers to the small business market features and services that normally require expensive enterprise servers at no additional cost. Visit for more information.

"These announcements all point to Aastra's accelerating commitment to bring powerful enterprise-grade PBX and mobility features to the small business market," says John Drolet, US Vice-President of Sales, Aastra Telecom. "When combined with other product initiatives Aastra has brought to market this year, such as the AastraLink RP(TM), powered by Microsoft(TM) Response Point(TM) phone system software, you can see our growing focus on offering a variety of innovative, powerful and flexible solutions for Small Business."

For further information on these new initiatives, visit Aastra at

About Aastra Telecom

Aastra Telecom is a North American business unit of Aastra Technologies Limited ("Aastra"), a global company at the forefront of the Enterprise Communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative and integrated solutions that address the communication needs of businesses small and large around the world. Aastra enables Enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently and effectively by offering customers a full range of open standard IP-based and traditional communications networking products, including terminals, systems, and applications. For additional information on Aastra, visit our website at

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