Published March, 2017
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In January 2017 Avaya filed for bankruptcy, another
major PBX communication's manufacturer that could not keep their
business above water. Sadly, there have been many of these
large PBX manufacturer's failures, suggesting an increasing changing
environment. With reorganization currently in the works, and
although we do not know what the future holds for Avaya, there
should be plenty of caution when one chooses to make a large new
purchase from a company that has a foggy future.
Back in earlier 2016 Canada's Mitel Networks Corp had announced it will buy Polycom, one of the premier IP phone manufacturers, however this attempt did not come to fruition. After that failed earlier attempt by Mitel to purchase Polycom, it was announced in September 2016 that Polycom completed an acquisition by a private capitol company, Siris Capital Group, LLC.. Polycom has been a go-to IP phone endpoint, with both great quality and great clarity, for open source Asterisk servers for many years now. With Asterisk's ability to marry to almost any open source IP phone and Polycom's continued commitment to the Asterisk community, Polycom has become a foundation as a major player in the telecom industry and will continue to develop video, voice and communication technology and are well known for their excellent line of SIP based phones under its own umbrella, which might be a good thing for the telecom and IT industry.
Changes occur in the telecom industry, as can be seen by the recent Avaya bankruptcy. Large manufacturers go under, reorganize, then try to move on.
Others buy great competitors and once integrated will change their direction to match their own business philosophy. And why shouldn't they, it's the reason that they spent all that money; with the hope that their new acquisition will increase their reach and add to their product line and profit.
With that in mind, you may want to consider looking for a top manufacturer, (one that is committed for the long run), that has been making a highly rated, reasonably priced ip-pbx Asterisk based phone system, with phones to match that are easy to configure, easy to install and are made by the same company.
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