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Panasonic and Digium® Announce Asterisk® Certification for Panasonic's New TGP500 Series SIP Cordless Phone Systems

Alliance Adds Open Source Channel to Expand the Reach of Panasonic SIP Voice Services via Flexible Hardware Option

(PresseBox) (Secaucus, N.J. and Huntsville, Ala., ) Panasonic System Networks Company of America, the leader in business and home telephone systems, and Digium®, the Asterisk® Company, today announced that Digium has certified the Panasonic line of SIP Cordless Phone Systems, the KX-TGP500 and KX-TGP550, for use with the Asterisk telephony platform. By leveraging Panasonic's #1 position in worldwide DECT cordless telephone shipments and Digium's innovative open source PBX, this alliance is a winning combination.

The Panasonic TGP500 series of SIP Cordless Phones Systems boasts outstanding voice quality and a range of productivityboosting options in a feature rich desk phone replacement. DECT 6.0 ensures no interference with wireless networks, and the convenient cordless design eliminates the need to run dedicated network wiring to each employee workstation. It is ideal for home and business environments.

Digium is the creator, sponsor and driving force behind Asterisk, the most widely used open source telephony software. The company's product lines include a wide range of software and hardware that enable businesses to implement turnkey unified communications solutions or to design their own voice over IP (VoIP) systems. Resellers, telecom professionals and software developers choose Digium's products because only Digium delivers the technical superiority, security and flexibility associated with Asterisk.

"We are excited to work with Digium and their fast growing base of customers using open source, standardsbased business phone systems," said Kim Murtagh, Business Development Manager, Panasonic System Networks Company of America. "As the market leader, Panasonic is committed to delivering innovative features and superior performance."

"The Digium and Panasonic interoperability partnership and certification of IP phones opens new opportunities for Digium channel partners and integrators," said Digium's Mark Amick, Director of Product Management. "The Panasonic global footprint and commitment to SIP telephony excellence create exciting sales opportunities for our partner community and for businesses using Asterisk."

With flexible configuration options, it has never been easier to deploy and expand a SIPbased phone system. Handsets can be easily added wherever needed; all that is required is an electrical outlet nearby. The benefits of SIP are especially compelling in today's business environment, where every dollar counts. The reduced hardware costs and simplicity of routing calls over an Internet connection can add up to huge savings on monthly telephone bills. With the Panasonic TGP500 series SIP phone system, it is quick and easy to add up to 6 cordless handsetseach with its own number. All that is needed is a single Internet connection and an electrical outlet near the location of the handset. Because it employs DECT technology, the connection is secure and the sound crystalclear.

TGP500 Series Details


The system features a wallmountable base unit and one cordless handset. It is expandable up to 6 DECT 6.0 cordless handsets and supports up to 8 phone numbers and 3 simultaneous calls. It boasts Wide Band Audio (G.722) and 5 hours Talk Time, 10 days Standby. Its elegant design features a white backlit large LCD on the handset and a Handset locator button on the base unit. It also has a handset speakerphone, 2.5mm headset jack and belt clip.


The KX-TGP550 has all the features and benefits of the KX-TGP500 and adds a corded base unit with a large white backlit LCD and 5 hours Talk Time, 10 days Standby, plus a Hands-Free Speaker phone, Handset Call Button on the base unit, and onetouch call transfer with Busy Lamp Indication.


The TGP500 systems can be expanded up to a total of 6 cordless handsets by adding the KX-TPA50 cordless handset.

About Panasonic System Networks Company of America

Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic System Networks Company of America is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic System Networks Company of America, which integrates the businesses of the former Panasonic Communications Company of North America and Panasonic System Solutions Company, is a comprehensive businesstobusiness enterprise solutions provider. The company is a leader in corded PBX/IP PBX telephony systems and offers a complete suite of office productivity solutions and home communication and networking solutions, including cordless phones, security cameras, interactive whiteboards and multifunction printers that provide convenience, style and easeofuse for consumer and business applications. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com/bts.

Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

About Digium, Inc.

Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, created, owns and is the innovative force behind Asterisk, the most widely used open source telephony software. Since its founding in 1999, Digium has become the open source alternative to proprietary communication providers, with offerings that cost as much as 80 percent less. Digium offers Asterisk software free to the open source community and offers Asterisk Business Edition and Switchvox IP PBX software to power a broad family of products for small, medium and large businesses. The company's product line includes a wide range of hardware and software to enable resellers and customers to implement turnkey VoIP systems or to design their own custom telephony solutions. More information is available at http://www.digium.com.

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