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Press Release -- April 4th, 2011
Source: Cbeyond
Tags: VoIP

Cbeyond Chief Technology Officer Chris Gatch Elected New Term on SIP Forum Board of Directors

Gatch to Advocate Advancement of SIP Technology as Communications Standard for Small Business Space

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBEY, news, filings), a leading provider of IT and communications services to small businesses, today announced that chief technology officer Chris Gatch has been re-elected to the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Forum Board of Directors. The SIP Forum is an industry association composed of decision makers from leading IP companies that seeks to further the interoperability and adoption of products and services using SIP communication tools.

During previous leadership roles with the SIP Forum, Gatch engineered the transition of the SIPconnect Interface Specification, which facilitates connections between users and service providers, from Cbeyond to the SIP Forum. In 2006, a team led by Gatch released the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation establishing the first industry standard for SIP trunking between IP PBX and service provider networks. During his new term he looks forward to supporting the SIP Forum’s roll out of a major update to SIPconnect in version 1.1.

“A good sign a technology standard is gaining acceptance is when it evolves to the point of helping vendors, providers and customers resolve their biggest issues,” said Gatch. “SIP has become the industry standard which enables small businesses to control their real-time multimedia communications without sacrificing quality or money. I will continue to work with the SIP Forum to uncover additional ways the technology can meet the needs of small businesses.”

A veteran of the telecommunications industry with more than a decade of VoIP technology experience, Gatch is serving his third term on the SIP Forum Board of Directors.

Cbeyond was the first VoIP service provider to embrace SIPconnect and was also one of the first to launch successful SIP trunking capabilities. Today, Cbeyond offers a full suite of BeyondVoice services with SIPconnect to provide the IP phone and data services necessary for efficient business operations. To learn more about Cbeyond’s BeyondVoice and SIP services, visit

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About SIP Forum

The SIP Forum is an IP communications industry association that engages in numerous activities that promote and advance SIP-based technology, such as the development of industry recommendations, the SIPit interoperability and testing events, special interoperability workshops, educational seminars, and general promotion of SIP in the industry. One of the Forum’s notable technical activities is the development of the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation – a standards-based recommendation that provides detailed guidelines for direct IP peering and interoperability between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks. Other important Forum initiatives include work in Fax-over-IP interoperability, User Agent Configuration, and the opportunities for SIP in Smart Grid deployments. For more information, please visit:

About Cbeyond

For more than 10 years, Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) has provided small businesses with leading IT and communications solutions. Serving customers throughout the U.S., Cbeyond offers more than 30 productivity-enhancing applications including local and long-distance voice, broadband Internet, mobile, BlackBerry(R), voicemail, email, web hosting, fax-to-email, data backup, file-sharing, virtual private networking and cloud services. Winning over 50 awards for product innovation, growth and providing a quality customer experience, Cbeyond continues to focus on helping small businesses succeed and grow through high-performance technology, superior services and world-class support. For more information on Cbeyond, visit and follow Cbeyond on Twitter:


Shana Keith, 678-522-3559

Source: Cbeyond, Inc.

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