In Avaya and Nortel if it doesnt involve an amplifier then it is still considered intercom. Though the broadcast application is more of a pager. Did a 2000 user Avaya install without a single horn or amp and did all the "paging" with the intercom feature. I just assumed the cisco's being more advanced could do the same.
Just one more of those Telecom 101 things that cisco completely dropped the ball on.
This probably doesn't help, but CME allows paging over the phones with no limitation. Give Cisco a chance! Seeing as they started making phones about 100 years later then Nortel, NEC and Avaya they still have some catching up to do ;)
In Cisco's defense- there is a point where some number of simultaneous voice streams will have a negative impact on nearly any network. 10/100 switches with 1000+ phones for example might not perform too well during a page.
I am curious about your Avaya install. Are you implying that you could simultaneously page 2000 IP phones at once?
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