SUNNYVALE, CA, December 11, 2006 - ShoreTel, Inc., the fastest growing IP PBX company worldwide and the leader in customer satisfaction, continues to expand its operations in Europe with the announcement today of the appointment of three value-added distributors in Scandinavia.
PowerBit Security and Electryon Communication Products in Sweden along with Comdec Distribution in Denmark will now distribute and support ShoreTel's IP PBX phone solutions.
The ShoreTel system is a fully distributed IP phone system with no single point of failure. Call management is provided by ShoreGear Voice Switches - highly reliable, intelligent devices that unify communications across multiple enterprise locations. Voice applications, including voicemail and automated attendant, run on standard server hardware from anywhere on your IP network. The result is a single-image system across all geographies, with complete feature transparency. The days of multiple PBXs, voice mail systems, automated attendants, and ACD systems are over. With ShoreTel, the phone system is distributed, the voice applications are integrated, and the management interface is best in class. The integrated IP phone system scales seamlessly from 1 to 10,000 users.
PowerBit, formed in December 2005, is a distributor of security IP telephony solutions to resellers and channel partners in Sweden. The company provides a portfolio of services to its clients including product, technical support in addition to sales and technical training.
"With the state of the art IP-phone products from ShoreTel, PowerBit will now be able to take a leading position in the Swedish market for IP-telephony solutions" stated Anders Jäggi, CEO of PowerBit Security.
Electryon Communication Products, formed in 2000 and also based in Sweden is a specialist distributor of B2B telecom equipment and test equipment. In addition to its operations in Sweden, the company has additional activities in Estonia and a branch office in Espoo, Finland.
When asked why they chose to distribute and support ShoreTel products Johan Ledin, CEO replied "The ShoreTel system is easy to set up and manage. Competitive offerings from companies such as Cisco and Avaya are not. In our experience, a hybrid solution normally indicates that a product has not completed its development cycle. ShoreTel on the other hand is ready, offering high functionality and ease of use with competitive pricing". With a humorous twist Johan further added "And the best thing is that your mother-in-law can handle the administration between her bingo sessions".
Comdec Distribution in Denmark is the third value-added distributor to join the ShoreTel stable. Formed in 1998, Comdec specialized in security IT security solutions including firewalls and IP VPNs. Based just outside of Copenhagen, the company provides products, services, technical support and training to its resellers and channel partners.
"The partnership announcement of these three highly qualified and respected distributors in Scandinavia is further testament to ShoreTel's ability to deliver to its partner and users, a reliable, fully-functional and value for money alternative to traditional PBX phone systems." stated Geoff Gudgion, ShoreTel's Managing Director, EMEA.
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel is a leading provider of enterprise IP telephony solutions. ShoreTel voice systems provide customers with a number of key benefits, including ease of use, manageability and lower total cost of ownership than alternative solutions. ShoreTel's distributed software architecture and switched-based hardware platform extend enterprise-class voice services to every office and outpost, keeping employees fully connected wherever they go. Founded in 1996, ShoreTel has achieved broad industry recognition for its technology and high customer satisfaction. For the last four years, IT executives surveyed by Nemertes Research, an independent research firm, have rated ShoreTel highest in customer satisfaction among leading enterprise telecommunications systems providers. A select, worldwide group of channel partners provide service and support. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in the United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit http://www.shoretel.com/ or call 1-877-80SHORE.
About PowerBit Security AB
PowerBit Security is a Swedish value added distributor focused on IP-security and IP-phone solutions/ The company represents leading suppliers including Watchguard, Exinda, Dialogic, Gemplus, Active Identity and now, ShoreTel.
The new partnership with ShoreTel is a strategic move for PowerBit to demonstrate a stronger commitment to the accelerating market within IP telephony.
About Electryon Communication Products AB
Electryon is a specialist distributor of business-to-business telecommunications products and test equipment. The company represents KMW, Tektronix and Adtran in Sweden and has additional operations in Estonia and Espoo, Finland.
About Comdec Distribution P/S
Comdec is a security solutions value added distributor based in Denmark. Comdec represents CryptoCard, PacketAlarm, SnapGear, TRENDnet, Watchguard and ShoreTel.