IP-based telephony services are still squarely in the nascent stage, but at least one company is making big application plans in the background for the day when deployment of the technology picks up the pace.
Three-year-old Sylantro Systems' focus is on the business side of telephony applications, using IP as the mechanism to deliver them. Dubbed "hosted PBX (Private Branch eXchange)," Sylantro's softswitch would basically take the place of an in-house PBX phone system to foster apps such as call logs, phone directories, caller ID and speed dial, and make those available via the Web or through a PC-based app like Microsoft Outlook, explained Vice President of Marketing Laura Thompson.
While an entry-level PBX system can run between $50,000 and $90,000, the host-based approach is less capital-intensive, Thompson said, because Sylantro uses an outsourced, application service provider model.
She said Sylantro has entered into some preliminary PacketCable discussions with CableLabs, but isn't actively working with the R&D house because most operators are primarily focusing their voice efforts on the residential sector.