Kordia NZ has become the first company in New Zealand to achieve Microsoft Lync 2013 certification, aimed for business SIP service.
After previously being certified in 2010, Kordia says the updated certification means customers choosing Microsoft's newest version can be confident of network support for all of Lyncs’ new features.
The Lync Server 2013 gateway is built into Kordia’s OnKor network which currently provides services to corporate customers across the ANZ region.
Murray Goodman, manager of WAN & Converged Services at Kordia NZ says the additional certification is great news for local businesses – particularly those who want the confidence and security of having certified SIP connectivity for Microsoft Lync.
“Kordia’s OnKor solution enables businesses to put voice and data into one network, making it easier to manage, more reliable and boosts network performance," he says.
“When you integrate Microsoft Lync 2013 on top of that, you no longer need to invest in separate media gateways to connect to the PSTN – this means real cost savings and total control for our customers.
"It also removes a lot of the uncertainty for customers when upgrading to Lync 2013, knowing that Microsoft and Kordia have already tested interoperability end-to-end.”
Only products and vendors which meet Microsoft’s testing requirements and conform to Microsoft specifications receive the qualification.
Paul Dolley, Solutions Specialist, Voice Enterprise at Microsoft says Lync 2013 is creating an enormous buzz in the New Zealand marketplace with its enhanced Voice, Video, & Mobility features, along with the ability to federate to Skype Users.
“It’s great to see a New Zealand company such as Kordia become one of the first service providers globally, and the first in New Zealand to qualify their OnKor SIP Trunking PSTN solution against Lync 2013 through the Microsoft Open Interop Program (OIP)," he says.
“This gives customers peace of mind that the OnKor SIP Trunking service has been independently qualified to meet and pass all the requirements of Lync 2013 Interoperability program for SIP Trunking Providers.”