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Company typeSubsidiary
Founded1997; 27 years ago (1997)
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Area served
Key people
Gernot Sagl
ProductsVoIP desktop phones and related OEM devices
Number of employees
ParentVTech (2016-present)
SubsidiariesUSA, United Kingdom, Benelux, France, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan

Snom Technology GmbH /snʊm/ is a German company which manufactures Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephones, based on the IETF standard Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). Snom's products are targeted at the small- to medium-sized business sector, home offices, Internet service providers, carriers, and original equipment manufacturers. The company, founded in 1996 and headquartered in Berlin, is a wholly owned subsidiary of VTech Holdings Limited, since 2016.


Snom was founded in 1997 in Berlin, Germany, by Christian Stredicke and Nicolas-Peter Pohland, former computer scientists at the Technical University of Berlin.[1] In 1999, the company began producing VoIP telephones with the introduction of the snom 100 model.[2] By 2000, the company focussed on a vision to make interoperable components for enterprise communication systems. Instead of selling one telephony platform solution, the company emphasized stand-alone VoIP phones that are compatible across standards-based platforms from different vendors, which became possible with the introduction of the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) that had recently been standardized in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

In 2001, Snom started a joint venture in Bangalore, India. After some attempts to develop parts of the product in India, this office shifted to a focus in sales. In 2006, Snom opened an office in North Andover, Massachusetts to enter the North American market. In 2008, Snom Italy SRL was founded,[3] in 2009 Snom France SARL[4] and in 2010 snom UK Ltd.[5] Distributors network include companies in EMEA, CIS region, North America and Australia.

In late 2016, Snom Technology AG was acquired by VTech Holdings Limited. The transaction was completed on 21 November 2016.[6][7]

The company is headed by Gernot Sagl, Chi Hoi Tong, Ka Hung Tong and Chi Keung Wong. Members of the Supervisory Board include Allan Chi Yun Wong, King Fai Pang and Hon Kwong Leung.[8]


The snom 100 VoIP desk telephone was one of the first commercial voice-over-IP telephones in the telecommunication sector.[1][9] The phone was initially based on the H.323 protocol, but was equipped with support for the Session Initiation Protocol the following year, as SIP matured technologically, and gained international recognition in the IETF community. A followup model was the snom 105, which added a second Ethernet interface to permit chaining the telephone to a desk top computer to use only a single network drop cable at the office station.

The snom 105 was followed by a series of 200-type desk telephones that featured a major dimensional redesign with a new handset and two sizes of LCD displays. Produced were the model 200 and 220.[10] Another 100-series set, the snom 190, with the same form factor of the 200, concluded this technology level in the Fall of 2004, and paved the way for the 300-series released in Winter 2004.[11]

All of snom's software exists in the firmware of its phones, and VoIP telephones support all common standards, as well as the latest technologies for traversal of network address translators (NAT), telephone number mapping (ENUM), and virtual private networks (VPN).

All snom phones are compatible with SIP-based telephone systems and system components, including open source platforms such as Asterisk, SER, sipXecs, and IP-PBX systems offered by companies such as BroadSoft, Epygi (Quadro IP PBX), MetaSwitch, Pandora (Worksmart), ADTRAN (NetVanta UC Server), pbxnsip, Sylantro, Sangoma Technologies Corporation, and others.

Snom's phones include security features based on the two VoIP security standards SIPs (RFC 5246) and SRTP (RFC 3711). Some devices also support virtual private networking and wireless encryption (WEP/WPA).

Industry recognition[edit]

  • TMC Labs 2003 Innovation Awards[12]
  • Internet Telephony 2006 Excellence Award[13]
  • Internet Telephony's 2006 Top 100 Voices in IP Communication- Dr. Christian Stredicke [14]
  • Pulver 100, 2007[15]


  1. ^ a b "Device Profile: snom 100 VoIP phone". LinuxDevices. 2002-05-15. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  2. ^ "snom's milestones". snom. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  3. ^ "snom Italy SRL founded". snom. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  4. ^ "snom France SARL founded". snom. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  5. ^ "snom UK Ltd. founded". snom. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  6. ^ "VTech Completes Acquisition of German-based Snom Technology AG". VTech. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  7. ^ "VTech Completes Acquisition of German-based Snom Technology AG". Snom. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  8. ^ "snom's imprint". snom. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  9. ^ "snom's milestones". snom. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  10. ^ "Device Profile:Snom 220 enterprise VoIP phone". LinuxDevices. 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  11. ^ "Snom embeds Linux in business VoIP phone". LinuxDevices. 2005-02-03. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  12. ^ "Press Releases - snom 200 IP Phone receives TMC Labs Innovation Award". snom. 10 July 2003. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  13. ^ "snom Receives INTERNET TELEPHONY(R) Magazine's 2006 Product of the Year Award". Business Wire. 24 January 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  14. ^ "TMC's INTERNET TELEPHONY Magazine Names 'Top 100 Voices' of IP Communications Industry". Business Wire. 10 October 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  15. ^ "snom technology Named to the 2007 'Pulver 100'". Business Wire. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-15.

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