The Sound of a Company – The History of Konftel
It all started back in 1988 when a bank manager in Umeå (a city in northern Sweden) had a problem. He needed a conference telephone installed in the bank’s new offices. Despite testing all the systems available on the market, he wasn’t at all satisfied. The main problem was that the sound would ‘cut’ which meant each participant would have to wait for the other to talk before resuming the conversation. This made conversations difficult and the whole telephone conferencing experience frustrating. The bank manager then asked an electrical consultant whom worked at the new offices if he could find a good conference telephone solution. The consultant was Peter Renkel, whom is today the CEO of Konftel. Renkel searched the market and quickly concluded that there was no quality solution available.
Renkel had a friend called John-Erik Eriksson, whom is today the Acoustic Designer at Konftel. In 1998 Peter and John-Erik started a small company as a hobby in which sound systems were built in assembly halls and other difficult sound environments. “Is it alright if we try and build a conference telephone system?” asked Peter Renkel. The rest, as they say, is history. The bank manager said yes and was delighted with the results. He used the system constantly; and pretty soon Renkel started to receive inquiries about building more systems. The Swedish government telecommunications agency, Televerket, was also interested. Two local businessmen backed the project and a short time afterwards Konftel was founded.
20 years later, Konftel is Europe's leading manufacturer of conference phones; well known for the patented audio technology OmniSound®.
OmniSound® - for crystal clear sound
Talk and move freely in the meeting room and the party on the other end will never notice a change in the audio quality. No irritating sound clipping, crackles, damping or echoes. OmniSound® with its Full Duplex and 360º sound pick-up offers you the benefit of enjoying excellent sound, every time – in every situation. The microphone provides omnidirectional sound pick-up and the three built-in surround speakers fills the room with crystal clear sound. OmniSound® is a registered trade mark.
OmniSound® 2.0 – sensational sound
Our patented audio technology OmniSound® is embedded into all Konftelphones to ensure crystal-clear voice transmission. We’re now taking OmniSound® to the next level. OmniSound® 2.0 provides the Konftel 300 with the capability to deliver even more impressive audio quality. OmniSound® uses full duplex, an omni-directional microphone and three speakers for optimal audio performance. OmniSound® 2.0 is enhanced with innovative features – noise suppression minimises distracting background noise, wideband voice transmission provides 7 kHz during VoIP calls and an equalizer allows you to adjust the sound during your meeting.