Aastra Announces AastraLink Pro™ 160 Certification from Covad Communications

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AastraLink Pro™ 160 Certified for Covad Integrated Access

Aastra, a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market, announced today that Covad Communications, a leading national provider of voice and data communications, has tested and certified the AastraLink Pro™ 160 IP-PBX compatible with Covad Integrated Access service.

The AastraLink Pro 160 is a Linux-based appliance that hosts Asterisk® open source PBX software, delivering all the standard PBX/Key system features and functionality while leveraging a host of new IP-based services. With built in capacity for up to 50 users, the AastraLink Pro combines all the benefits of open standards with enhanced IP-PBX telephony technology to deliver affordable and world class communications solutions for North American small businesses and channel partners.

A scalable and affordable solution for Small Business, targeted at the 25 users or less marketplace, the AastraLink Pro 160 enables users to quickly and easily get phones up and running. The AastraLink Pro 160 will auto discover and configure any of Aastra's 13 different SIP phones, as well as Aastra's MBU 400 wireless DECT offering.

"Aastra is pleased that customers can now deploy our AastraLink Pro with Covad's service. With the competitive marketplace as it is, VoIP is an effective way to optimize a customer's telecom spending," said John Drolet, U.S. Vice President of Sales for Aastra. "By combining Aastra's IP-PBX and wide selection of industry leading IP terminals and mobility options with Covad's Integrated Access SIP Trunking service, customers will get a high 'telco' quality, cost effective solution. Also with this news we are releasing an addition to the Aastra reseller learning tool set which will help in the configuration of the AastraLink Pro with the Covad service offering. Resellers should ask for more details on the Covad version of the 'How to configure SIP Trunking Guide' manual."

"Covad has tested the AastraLink Pro 160 and found it to work well with our Covad Integrated Access service," said Jake Heinz, vice president and general manager, Covad VoIP. "The AastraLink Pro 160 can be combined with Covad Integrated Access service to provide small businesses a cost-effective and flexible solution for integrated phone and high-speed Internet access."

To learn more about AastraLink Pro 160, and Aastra's complete portfolio of SIP telephones, including Aastra's SIP-DECT wireless solution, please visit http://www.aastratelecom.com. To learn more about becoming an AastraLink Pro 160 reseller go to http://www.aastralinkpro.com
To learn more about Covad Integrated Access Service, please visit http://www.covad.com/web/services/phone_internet/integrated_access.html.

About Aastra
Aastra is a leading company at the forefront of the enterprise communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative communications products and applications for businesses. Aastra's operations are truly global with more than 50 million installed lines around the world and a direct and indirect presence in more than 100 countries. Aastra is entirely dedicated to enterprise communications and offers one of the most complete portfolios of unified communications solutions individually tailored to satisfy its customers' requirements. These range from feature-rich call managers for small and medium businesses and highly scalable ones for large enterprises, integrated mobility, call center solutions to a wide selection of terminals. With a strong focus on open standards, Aastra enables enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. For additional information on Aastra, visit our website at http://www.aastra.com.

Aastra® is a registered trademark of Aastra Technologies Limited.

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