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Global recognition – Konftel named best in class

Konftel, global leader in conference phones and speakerphones, has been recognized with the Customer Value Leadership Award 2018. This Best Practices Award is presented by the distinguished US analysis firm Frost & Sullivan.
“We are, of course, extremely honored to receive this award, which gives us an extra boost as we launch video in our conference solutions,” says Peter Renkel, CEO of Konftel.

In explaining its choice for the 2018 Global Tabletop Audio Conferencing Endpoints Customer Value Leadership Award, Frost & Sullivan writes that Konftel has a broad and compelling solutions portfolio and a reputation for solid product quality. It also points out that the broad functionality offered by Konftel meets a clear customer need and predicts that Konftel is set to disrupt the whole market with its launch of video capability. Read the full report here.

“Konftel follows an innovation-led approach backed by significant R&D expertise and excellent design skills to address customers’ changing needs,” says Vaishno Devi Srinivasan, Industry Analyst, Unified Communications and Collaboration, at Frost & Sullivan.

“Being named best in the industry is huge for us and confirms that after 30 years, we are still able to maintain the right pace of development without losing focus on the customer experience. We have received design awards before, but being acknowledged for our entire product portfolio and our top quality feels fantastic,” says Peter Renkel. 

The Konftel Unite app, which makes it significantly easier for the user to start a distance meeting, and the Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) function, which assists with the installation of IP products, are both cited as strong reasons for the award. Other criteria that Frost & Sullivan takes into consideration are price, customer purchase experience, service, user experience, and the Konftel brand itself. Analysts also look at business criteria, such as the company’s efficiency and financial stability, not to mention Konftel’s growth potential.

Best audio is essential

Konftel’s drive to always offer exceptional sound quality through its proprietary audio technology, OmniSound, is another key factor highlighted by Frost & Sullivan. Today’s conference phones are increasingly used in small huddle rooms and other more ad-hoc meeting venues. This places tougher demands on the product’s sound optimization capabilities, since these spaces often lack noise absorbers or other acoustic features. 

“Konftel’s patented OmniSound technology provides significant audio intelligibility, which is the most essential ingredient for productive meetings. The incorporation of OmniSound technology across its product portfolio is a testament to Konftel’s rigorous understanding of customers’ audio quality expectations”, says Vaishno Devi Srinivasan.

The analysis firm also singles out the wireless products Konftel 300Wx and Konftel 300Mx, praising their talk time (60 and 30 hours respectively) and usability, particularly when combined with the Konftel Unite app.

Video launch will shake up the market

Frost & Sullivan concludes its analysis by looking forward and asserting that Konftel is set to disrupt the traditional conference phone market with the launch of its new audio-video conference bundle. As a strong player with a focus on customer benefits and superb sound quality, Konftel is predicted to excel with this launch. 

“Growing adoption of video among enterprises provides Konftel with ample opportunities to sell its audio-video conference bundle into huddle meeting spaces that are predominantly dominated by audio today,” Vaishno Devi Srinivasan rounds off.

All these points informed Frost & Sullivan’s decision to recognize Konftel with the 2018 Customer Value Leadership Award.

Read the full benchmark report from Frost & Sullivan here.

About Konftel:
Konftel is a world leader in peripherals for collaboration solutions. Since 1988, our mission has been to help people around the world conduct meetings, regardless of distance. We know from experience that distance meetings are an efficient way to save time and money, while also contributing to a better environment. Perfect audio and crystal-clear video are crucial for productive meetings, which is why we always employ the very latest technology in our collaboration solutions. Our patented audio technology OmniSound® is built into all of Konftel’s conference units. The products are marketed worldwide under the Konftel name and our head office is in Umeå, Sweden. Learn more about our company and our products at konftel.com.
About Frost & Sullivan:
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company's Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO's Growth Team with disciplined research and best practice models to drive the generation, evaluation and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages more than 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses, and the investment community from 45 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit www.frost.com.

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