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Pac-West, one of the emerging mid-tier players in hosted VoIP, and Panasonic announced the certification of two Pananonic SIP phones for deployment on the Pac-West network today. While normally a boring type of news item, when put in conjunction with Pac-Weat being acquired by TelePacific and TelePacific's acquisition of former client Covad Wireless, and their very robust Fixed WiMax network, it means the combined TelePacific/PacWest now has a business grade voice bundle it can sell through to to a group of very needy companies that are front line in wanting to ditch the traditional telcos and have a more unified experience.
It is also important as these two models are capable of working at home, as well as in the office. With more and more executives working from home part of the time, a managed, hosted service from Pac-West, or others like client Telesphere, or CallTower, or M5 all means a better work experience away from the office with better grades of hardware when a softphone just won't do.
While other companies like SNOM are in the SIP- DECT handset space, Panasonic's business and industrial sales groups have broad based distribution, making the purchase decision easier as they are already selling other pieces of hardward to the customer base in the SMB/SME space.
Don't be surprised if Panasonic rolls out more Unified Communications partnerships and hosted relationships over the coming months.