CounterPath Corporation (NASDAQ: CPAH) (TSX: PATH), a global provider of award-winning, over-the-top (OTT) Unified Communications (UC) solutions for enterprises and carriers, today announced that newly launched Bria X is now certified interoperable with Plantronics Hub for Windows/Mac. This accreditation further solidifies CounterPath’s commitment to providing the best user experience across any device, any network and any platform by ensuring that the full UC experience – from software to headset – is optimized and functions with little to no effort on the user’s part.
“We are focused on providing the best user experience for Bria X customers,” said Todd Carothers, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, CounterPath. “Integrating the Plantronics Hub APIs into Bria X enables desktop and mobile devices to leverage deeper functionality of over 25 headsets that will work out of the box with full feature support. As an example, in the case of the Savi series from Plantronics, Bria X will set the presence status even when a call comes to the mobile native dialer. This level of attention to detail makes for the best user expense.”
In addition to standard headset audio support, the Plantronics Hub certification includes the following when supported on the individual device:
- Answer call – User answers an incoming call from their headset; presence status on Bria X will change to “On the phone”.
- End call – User ends a call from their headset; presence status on Bria X will change to “Available” or previously set status.
- Mute – User can mute a call from their headset; indicator on Bria X will show mute is engaged.
- Hold – User can put a call on hold from their headset; indicator on Bria X will show call is on hold.
- Switch between calls – User can toggle between two active calls from their headset.
- Ability to move call audio between the headset and native desktop speakers/mic.
- Show user presence on Bria desktop when on a mobile call (Bria or native dialer) – supported on the Plantronics Savi series of headsets.
“With the growing market for USB headsets, the work we have put into the Plantronics Hub certification, and other coming certifications, will go a long way,” continued Carothers. “Last year Frost & Sullivan reported that UC users are expected to grow from 48.1 million in 2015 to 177.1 million by 2021, creating a significant opportunity for UC-enabled headsets and applications such as Bria X as more businesses adopt UC and abandon the deskphone.”
For a full list of supported devices using Bria X and Plantronics Hub please visit: https://www.counterpath.com/technology-partner-program/.
This news release contains “forward-looking statements”. Statements in this news release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, outlook, expectations or intentions regarding the future including (1) last year Frost & Sullivan reported that UC users are expected to grow from 48.1 million in 2015 to 177.1 million by 2021, creating a significant opportunity for UC-enabled headsets and applications such as Bria X as more businesses adopt UC and abandon the deskphone. It is important to note that actual outcomes and the Company’s actual results could differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others: (1) the variability in CounterPath’s sales from reporting period to reporting period due to extended sales cycles as a result of selling CounterPath’s products through channel partners or the length of time of deployment of CounterPath’s products by its customers, (2) the Company’s ability to manage its operating expenses, which may adversely affect its financial condition, (3) the Company’s ability to remain competitive as other better financed competitors develop and release competitive products, (4) a decline in the Company’s stock price or insufficient investor interest in the Company’s securities which may impact the Company’s ability to raise additional financing as required or be delisted from a stock exchange on which its common stock trades, (5) the impact of intellectual property litigation that could materially and adversely affect CounterPath’s business, (6) the success by the Company of the sales of its current and new products, (7) the impact of technology changes on the Company’s products and industry, (8) the failure to develop new and innovative products using the Company’s technologies, and (9) the potential dilution to shareholders or overhang on the Company’s share price of its outstanding stock options. Readers should also refer to the risk disclosures outlined in the Company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, or in the annual reports on Form 10-K, and the Company’s other disclosure documents filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov and the Company’s interim and annual filings and other disclosure documents filed from time-to-time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
CounterPath Unified Communications solutions are changing the face of telecommunications. An industry and user favorite, Bria softphones for desktop, tablet and mobile devices, together with Stretto Platform™ server solutions, enable operators, OEMs and enterprises large and small around the globe to offer a seamless and unified over-the-top (OTT) communications experience across both fixed and mobile networks. The Bria and Stretto combination enables an improved user experience as an overlay to the most popular UC and IMS telephony and applications servers on the market today. Standards-based, cost-effective and reliable, CounterPath’s award-winning solutions power the voice and video calling, messaging, and presence offerings of customers such as AT&T, Avaya, BroadSoft, BT, Cisco Systems, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, Mitel, NEC, Network Norway, Nokia, Rogers and Verizon. Visit www.counterpath.com.
About Bria X
Bria X is a new service offering from CounterPath that provides SMBs and enterprises with an easy and efficient solution for adding secure team messaging, presence and screen sharing services on top of existing hosted or premise-based IP voice services. With apps available for desktop, smartphone and tablet devices, and up to three downloads per subscription, businesses can easily add mobile and BYOD options for their employees and provide them with the flexibility to be reached on the device of their choice in the method that makes the most sense. And with the Bria X Web Platform, IT administrators can set up, provision and manage accounts all from one central, web-based dashboard. For more information, visit www.bria-x.com.
Vice President of Marketing