VIA EPIA Mainboard Powers Telappliant ArenaTalk Voice Servers

Provides SMEs and SOHO users with complete, cost-effective SIP-based VoIP server for flexible and easy to use Internet telephony implementations

Taipei, Taiwan, 24th August 2005 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards have been adopted by UK-based Telappliant to power a new range of ArenaTalk Voice Servers that provide a complete ‘out of the box’ Internet telephony solution for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Offering two main skus geared specifically for the small or home office ( SOHO ) and for the SME, the ArenaTalk Voice Servers are compact systems based on the robust, low power VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards within an elegant Tranquil PC chassis. The systems are easy to configure and manage, with a simple-to-use browser-based interface developed using the highly popular Asterisk Open Source PBX platform.

With its comprehensive suite of industry-standard SIP (Session Internet Protocol) based telephony applications, the ArenaTalk Voice Server not only enables companies to significantly reduce the costs associated with long distance calls, mobile phone calls, and high frequency dialers, but also helps enhance the efficiency of their operations through a host of advanced features such as call recording, call monitoring, and call management.

“We are delighted that VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards have been adopted for ArenaTalk Voice Servers,” commented Richard Brown , Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The convenience and simplicity of ArenaTalk provides a perfect illustration of how our low power, highly integrated platforms are inspiring innovative new communication and computing solutions that leverage the unrivaled flexibility and performance of the x86 architecture.”

“VoIP has come of age and is being widely adopted on a commercial scale, so the time is definitely right for complete VoIP kits that make it easy for businesses to set up their own Internet telephony systems,” said Tan Aksoy, Managing Director of Telappliant. “ArenaTalk not only comprises an IP PBX platform but also a VoIP service, enabling true end-to-end savings, and the compact size and great thermal profile of VIA EPIA mainboards enable us to provide all this in a reliable yet stylish system.”

About the ArenaTalk Voice Servers

ArenaTalk Voice Servers are available in a wide variety of configurations specifically targeted to meet the needs of the SME and SOHO user, and come bundled with the ArenaTalk IP PBX suite that has been developed in partnership with a group of companies with several years experience in the VoIP industry, and builds on and supports Asterisk, the largest Open Source Linux community PBX solution (www.asterisk.org)

All the applications are configurable and manageable via a simple to use, browser-based user interface – masking the complexity of Asterisk as a raw product. System functions allow for remote system backup, automatic updates, system monitoring, detailed management reporting of all call detail records (CDRs) and much more.

Features of the ArenaTalk Voice Server range include:

  • Extensions Management
  • Trunk Management (PSTN/ISDN/SIP/AIX)
  • Enhanced Voicemail
  • IVR Auto Attendants
  • Conferences
  • ACD Queues
  • Music On Hold
  • System Backup
  • Automatic Updates
  • Easy System Administration
  • Online Self Care
  • Reporting
  • Role Based Administration
  • Services Permissions
  • DIDs or DDIs
  • Provider Templates
  • Least Cost Routing
  • Auto Provisioning
  • Services Monitoring
  • Locality
  • System Alarms
  • Sounds Administration (record own & upload)

The ArenaTalk IP PBX suite is underpinned by a new SIP service called ArenaTalk, which enables simple integration of the products onto a single VoIP platform.

About the ArenaTalk Business Voice Server

The ArenaTalk Business Voice Server uses the high performance VIA EPIA SP13000 Mini-ITX mainboard in a Tranquil PC T2e chassis to deliver 24×7, near-silent operation for SMEs wanting to run and own their own telephony system. With support for up to 24 telephone extensions, the basic package features an upgradeable four-user system with advanced features (some optional) such as least-cost call routing, voice mail, call queuing (ACD), Automated Attendant, interactive voice response, call conferencing and music-on-hold. It also supports features unique to VoIP-enabled systems such as video conferencing, web collaboration, stereo call recording and the seamless integration of geographically remote telephone extensions. Optional features include fault-tolerance (disk mirror), rack mounting and multi-line support for PSTN or ISDN connectivity.

ArenaTalk Home Voice Server

Specifically designed for operating in the home environment as a 24×7 near-silent system, the ArenaTalk Home Voice Server is based on the ultra low power VIA EPIA ML6000 Mini-ITX mainboard and the elegant Tranquil PC T3 chassis. Supporting up to eight extensions, it is targeted at the home user, whether a small business with a home office (SOHO) or a family looking to enhance their in-home connectivity independent of their fixed line telephone provider.

ArenaTalk Voice Servers Pricing and Availability

System pricing for the ArenaTalk Business Voice Server starts at GBP575.00, while the ArenaTalk Home Voice Server starts at GBP425.00; both systems can be ordered online at www.arenatalk.net . Complete white-label solutions are also available to OEMs, VARs, and Resellers.

About Telappliant

Telappliant is one of the leading UK and European providers of IP Telephony solutions for business. It has a diverse portfolio of VoIP solutions and services, ranging from enterprise IP PBX platforms to call termination services. It owns and operates the VoIPtalk network, one of the leading Internet Telephony services in the UK today (www.voiptalk.org) and has launched the ArenaTalk service and solutions based on VIA products to demonstrate and expand its OEM “white label” service.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei , Taiwan , VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US , Europe and Asia , and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. www.via.com.tw

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