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Poly Rove DECT Wireless Phones now Microsoft Teams supported with Teams SIP Gateway

In March, at Enterprise Connect, Microsoft announced adding support for digital enhanced cordless telecommunications (DECT) devices for Microsoft Teams, registering via Microsoft Teams SIP gateway. Spectralink was certified supported in July, and now Poly are certified with their Rove Wireless DECT IP Phone Solution.

Many customers in industries such as retail and manufacturing are still heavy users of DECT and currently need to keep a PBX running or would need a certified Session Border Controllers (SBCs) (such as AudioCodes or Ribbon) to register the DECT solution to the SBC, then the SBC to Teams via Direct Routing.

Now with certified DECT solutions, they can register directly to the Microsoft Teams cloud SIP gateway. Users must have a Teams Phone licence or a common area phone licence.

Why DECT Phones with Microsoft Teams?

Many customers are driving towards a fully cloud-based Phone solution and want to remove the existing on-premises PBX. Often the current DECT solution will be tied directly into the existing PBX.

Customers could consider moving to Wi-Fi handsets or straight to cellular/mobile solutions, but there are still some drivers for DECT

  • The cost for reliable voice coverage is less than equivalent Wi-Fi infrastructure
  • Cellular coverage is often poor in large warehouse scenarios because of wall construction, radio reflection from warehouse staging and heavy machinery, etc.
  • Specialised DECT handset feature requirements: rugged, dustproof, and cleanable handsets for specific work environments, motion sensors for lone worker protection, advanced messaging and alarming capabilities

Poly Rove Wireless DECT IP Phones for Microsoft Teams

Poly has the Rove 30 and Rove 40 handsets and associated B2 and B4 bases certified. The handsets are Ruggedized and IP65-rated, and one of their unique features is the Microban antimicrobial protection. They also have wipe over easy clean keys.

The handsets work with the Poly Rove B2 and B4 Bases. The B2 can be deployed as a single cell supporting up to 20 handsets and 10 concurrent calls, ideal for a small deployment, or 2 cells which is still for up to 20 handsets but allows 20 concurrent calls. This is the kind of solution that would be suitable for a Doctors clinic or small retail store. The B4 is a multi-cell solution supporting up to 1,000 handsets. These don’t require a separate server to work with Microsoft Teams. The base station registers directly to the Microsoft Teams SIP Gateway.






If you want to find out more about the Poly Rove solution the details and data here.

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A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Founder and Principal at Empowering.Cloud as well as a Solutions Director at Pure IP.

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