We've added a lot of exciting new features in Webex Calling. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with what's new in language and regional support, device activation, dial plan improvements, and much more.
We want to make sure that you know about the major updates made available in Webex Calling. You can always check the latest release notes to see more detailed information about the smaller and more frequent updates.
October 7, 2021
Singlewire/Informacast integration with Webex Calling
This feature will allow a Webex Calling user to dial and connect to a Singlewire/Informacast server to play a pre-recorded message or a live announcement. The message is broadcast to the MPPs associated with the defined message. This feature is now available in all regions. For additional information, visit Add Your Customer Managed Device.
October 6, 2021
Webex Calling Private Network Connections
Private Network Connect (PNC) enables customers to access Webex Calling more securely and reliably than over the top Internet (OTT). Key options for private access are per customer VLAN over a partner's interconnect or a dedicated interconnect for a customer. Once an interconnect is established, customer PNCs are easily entered in Control Hub, with automated provisioning of network elements and updates to device configurations.
Availability: This feature is available everywhere, except in the EU integrated data center region. Interconnect is required prior to ordering.
For additional information, visit Connect Customer Private Network to Webex Calling.
October 5, 2021
Room systems for users (personal mode)
With this features, Room System, like a desk (DX) device, is now able to be added to a user as a personal device. When added as a personal device, users can use it just like a fixed device, including making PSTN calls directly from the device.
For more information, see Deploy Your Webex Room Phone.
October 4, 2021
Cisco Calling Plan availability
Cisco PSTN with Webex Calling is now available in the following countries.
For additional information, visit Get Started with the Cisco Calling Plan.
September 30, 2021
New integrated EU native data center
Webex Calling is now a native EU data center pair, removing reliance on UK data center for EU customers. New EU customers are now hosted in that data center pair, if the first calling location they create is in an EU country. Pre-existing customers have the option to request a migration to the new data center pair in the EU.
For more information, see Webex Calling Data Center in the European Union.
Dubber call recording integration
Dubber Call Recording integration removes the swivel chair provisioning that is required today. When call recording is enabled for a user, the user will be created in Dubber automatically, requiring no additional administrator actions. This feature is available for all regions. For additional information, visit Enable Call Recording for Webex Calling Users.
Call Recording: Enable dual stream recording
Call recordings captured by Dubber, our call recording partner, are now dual-stream instead of the current single-stream structure. Dual-stream allows Dubber to process the recordings by what the Webex Calling user heard or by what the Webex Calling user said, instead of only reviewing what was heard and said together. This feature is available for all regions. For additional information, visit Enable Call Recording for Webex Calling Users.
September 29, 2021
Customer managed devices: Support for door devices from 2N, Algo, CyberData, Grandstream
With the new Customer Managed Devices feature, administrators can assign a pre-certified SIP device to a workspace and then use the information provided to manually provision and deploy the device. Customer Managed Devices will be added in phases including, 2N, GrandStream, CyberData, and Algo devices.
Availability of this feature, per vendor, is as follows:
Algo — All regions
2N — Coming soon
Cyberdata — Coming soon
Grandstream — Coming soon
For additional information, visit Add Your Customer Managed Device.
Expanded device portfolio: DECT-210 Multi-cell - build and manage DECT network
Cisco IP DECT DBS-210 Multi-Cell allows provisioning of up to 30 handsets across up to 5 base units. Administrators build and manage Cisco DECT network settings within Cisco Webex Control Hub. This feature is available for all regions.
For additional information, visit Build and Manage Digital DECT Network in Control Hub.
September 23, 2021
Expanded device settings capabilities for Cisco MPP, ATA, and DECT devices
With the expanded Device Settings (previously Phone Settings) capabilities in Control Hub, administrators have the ability to customize a wide range of configuration options for Cisco MPP, ATAs, and DECT devices. This feature is available in all regions.
Newly introduced Device Settings include:
ATA - Set the DTMF Mode/Method
MPP - Provide a Customer Background Image URL (Select Models)
MPP - Set the Phone Language
MPP - Set the Screen Timeout (Screen Saver)
MPP - Change the default CQ Agent Softkey location
MPP - Enable/Disable Web Access (User Level)
MPP - Set the Off-Hook Timer
MPP - Set the Default Logging Level
MPP - Set a Wi-Fi Network SSID and Authentication Method
MPP - Set the POE Mode
MPP - Enable/Disable DND Services
MPP/ATA - Enable/Disable 802.1x
MPP/DECT - Set up to 10 Multicast groups for MPP, 3 for DECT
MPP/ATA/DECT - Set a VLan
MPP/ATA/DECT - Enable/Disable QOS
MPP/ATA/DECT - Enable/Disable CDP & LLDP
MPP/ATT/DECT - Set Codec Priority Options: Coming soon
For more information, visit Configure and Modify Device Settings.
September 22, 2021
Webex Edge Connect for Webex Calling
Webex Calling has been added to Webex Edge Connect. Customers can now use a single Webex Edge Connect for both Calling and Meetings traffic. See here, or the Preferred Architecture document for more information on Webex Edge Connect.
September 8, 2021
Enable and disable video on the Webex App
Control Hub now includes the ability for a customer administrator to enable or disable video for Calling and other Webex services on the Webex app. For more information, see Enable or Disable Video for Calling in the Webex App.
September 7, 2021
Integrated Cloud-Connected PSTN for Webex Calling
Integrated Cloud-Connected PSTN for Webex Calling is a new integrated PSTN provisioning experience that provides comprehensive end-to-end provisioning and management of Cloud-Connected PSTN Partner (CCPP) -provided PSTN on a single pane of glass in Control Hub.
It builds upon Webex Calling's industry leading Cloud-Connected PSTN infrastructure to automate what has traditionally been a manual, swivel-chair process.
Customers and partners can now select a CCPP provider within Control Hub to order, port, and manage telephone numbers directly in Control Hub.
Availability: This capability is currently available in the US and Canada in partnership with Intelepeer. It will progressively be extended to other partners.
September 1, 2021
Cisco Calling Plans in UK
Cisco PSTN with Webex Calling is now available in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Get Started with the Cisco Calling Plan.
August 31, 2021
Support for distinct time zone settings on location services
Through Control Hub, location services, including hunt groups, call queues, and auto attendants, now have a separate time zone field independent of the time zone set for a location. To edit the time zone for a location service, go to the General Settings area of the specific feature you would like to update the time zone for and edit and save there. For more information about how to edit these services, see the following:
Availability: Available in all regions.
August 30, 2021
Expanded devices portfolio: Cisco VG400 Gateway
The Cisco VG400 ATA is part of a new line of Cloud Managed ATAs on the Webex Calling offer. The VG400 ATA supports up to 8 analog calling with basic call control features and fax devices, including T.38 support. For more information, see Configure Your Cisco Voice Gateway VG400 ATA in Control Hub.
August 20, 2021
Dual identity support (flexible interoperability policies for managing multiple PSTN providers)
Dual Identity Support setting impacts the handling of the From header and P-Asserted-Identity (PAI) header when sending an initial SIP INVITE to the trunk for an outbound call. When enabled, the From and PAI headers are treated independently and may differ. When disabled, the PAI header is set to the same value as the From header. For more information, see Configure Trunks, Route Groups, and Dial Plans for Webex Calling.
Existing Trunks are set either to enabled or disabled state, as per current system-level setting, to avoid any change in behavior when this feature is released.
August 18, 2021
Enable and disable remote desktop control on the Webex App
Control Hub now includes the ability for a customer administrator to enable or disable the client controls for Remote Desktop Control (RDC) of Cisco room devices. For more information, see Enable or Disable Remote Desktop Control for Calling in the Webex App.
August 9, 2021
Native support for toll-free numbers
With this feature, Webex Calling now supports inbound toll-free numbers in the US and Canada for CCPP, SP, and LGW. You are now able to assign toll-free numbers to entry points such as auto attendants, hunt groups, and call queues. You are able to use a toll-free number as the outgoing calling line ID (CLID) for users, when making external calls.
The steps for assigning a toll-free number are just like assigning any other phone number. The toll-free number has a toll-free tag next to it, so that you can easily identify it. For more information about how to manage phone numbers in Control Hub, see Manage Phone Numbers in Control Hub.
Migration of features in Control Hub: Users and workspaces
More features are now available for user and workspace management in Control Hub, including user language settings, and alternate phone numbers you can assign to users. All Webex Calling user management can now be done in Control Hub.
For more information on how these features are now configured in Control Hub, see the following:
User and workspace preferred language settings—Set the Preferred Language for Your Organization in Control Hub
Alternate phone numbers for users—Configure and Manage Your Webex Calling Users
Block caller ID for forwarded calls—Specify Caller ID Options for Webex Calling Users and Specify Caller ID Options for Webex Calling Workspaces
Access a User’s Calling User Portal—Access a User's Calling User Portal
Availability: Available in all regions.
July 27, 2021
Media optimization for Webex Calling (ICE)
Media Optimization for Webex Calling intelligently routes Webex Calling media directly between supported devices. When making calls within your org between Webex app, desk phones, or Local Gateways, media will attempt to use ICE to route media directly rather than routing via the cloud. For more information, please see the documentation here.
Media Optimization is currently rolling out globally and will be enabled across devices and apps in the coming weeks. Enablement has already happened in Canada for desk phones and will progress as follows:
Canada — Desk phones: 21st July, Webex app: Coming soon
Europe — Desk phones: 29th July, Webex app: Coming soon
United States — Desk phones: *12th August, Webex app: Coming soon
Japan — Desk phones: *19th August, Webex app: Coming soon
Australia — Desk phones: *26th August, Webex app: Coming soon
*Updated desk phone dates. These dates have shifted by one week.
July 1, 2021
MPP accessories added to device inventory
This feature allows the addition of the connected MPP accessory devices to an inventory item within the Devices page on Control Hub. The supported MPP accessories are Cisco Headsets (500 Series) and Cisco Key Expansion Modules (KEM). For more information, visit Configure and Manage Webex Calling Devices.
June 30, 2021
Update to several administrative features in Control Hub
Several administrative controls in Webex Calling have been removed. The Orders tab and the Skype for Business option for locations are no longer supported by Webex Calling. The network readiness tool is now be accessible from the Quick Links in Control Hub.
June 29, 2021
Flex 3.0 packaging updates: Alignment of license capabilities and how they are assigned in Control Hub
Enterprise is now Webex Calling Professional or Professional. Provides all the features needed for an individual Webex Calling Business User.
Enhanced (Flex 3.0)/Common Area (Flex 2.0) and Places in Control Hub is now Webex Calling Workspace or Workspace. Built for shared use and common area locations (for example, lobby phones), ATA devices and place assignments when needing PSTN for Webex Room devices. Limited to a single device. Workspace license is not intended for an individual user's calling needs.
Basic user licenses purchased on Flex 2.0 subscriptions remain Basic. However, Basic licenses are not in Flex 3.0 and are no longer available when creating a new trial.
With these changes, there is no change in capability, pricing, or function within Control Hub.
June 25, 2021
Send-to-voicemail for user selectively forward calls
When configuring an internal number or extension as a destination for selectively forwarded calls in the Calling User Portal, users are able to send the call directly to voicemail. This behavior is consistent with other types of call forwarding.
June 3, 2021
Call queue and agent stat reports
Access to the Call Queue and Agent Stats reports are now accessible through a link in Control Hub.
Availability: Available in all regions except for Japan and Australia. For more information, see Manage Call Queues in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
June 2, 2021
Free "Dubber Go" call recording subscriptions
Webex Calling now offers every customer a free Dubber Go call recording subscription. With this subscription, customers are able to enable all of their users for Call Recording. This offers unlimited recordings. Each recording is stored for a 30-day period and is automatically deleted after 30 days. Users can access and manage their recordings from their Dubber portal. For more information about how to enable call recording for users, see Enable Call Recording for Webex Calling Users.
April 30, 2021
Regional media for Cloud Connected PSTN (CCP)
Multinational Webex Calling customers are now able to use CCP providers in home and remote regions; improving media quality and simplifying deployments. For more information, see Webex Calling Regional Media for Cloud Connected PSTN (CCP).
Cisco MPP DBS-110 DECT product release
This feature adds four new products to the Webex Calling offer:
Cisco DECT DBS-110 Base - Delivers a best-in-class DECT offering for smaller deployments with up to 40 lines and 20 active handsets. The new DBS-110 Base can be deployed in Single Cell mode or in a two node Multicell mode (Dual Cell).
Cisco DECT DBS-110 Repeater - The new Repeater can be used in conjunction with both DBS-110 and DBS-210 Base units and extends the DECT radio footprint. Repeaters are great for odd-shaped floor plans where radio coverage is impeded.
Cisco MPP 6825 Ruggedized DECT Handset - The 6825 Ruggedized Handset is rated for IP65 Deployments. IP65 rating means “dust tight” and protected against water projected from a nozzle.
Cisco MPP 6823 Lightweight DECT Handset - The 6823 is a lighter weight, lower cost handset with the following differences from the standard 6825 handset version, a lower resolution display, no Backlit keypad keys, no Bluetooth LE 4.1 for headsets, no emergency button for inter-network notifications.
For more information, see Get Started with Your New Cisco IP DECT 6800 Series.
April 26, 2021
Enhanced calling analytics
A new Calling Analytics dashboard is now available. The new dashboard provides organization-level insights and trending Key Performance Indicators, similar to other Webex collaboration products. The new dashboard loads lightning quick and is more responsive. For Webex Calling organizations, you can easily track quality by filtering across sites and endpoint types, while tables highlight your most engaged users and any users that may be experiencing poor media quality. For more information, see Analytics for Your Cloud Collaboration Portfolio.
April 9, 2021
Migration of features in Control Hub: Number management
The administrative setup and configuration of phone numbers assigned to users, services, and devices is now accessible in Control Hub. Administrators no longer have to go to the Calling Admin Portal to assign or configure these features.
Availability: Available in all regions. For more information, see Manage Phone Numbers in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
March 31, 2021
Change in default settings for Canadian data center
When an existing US VAR partner selects Canada (CA) in the Data Centre Country Selection drop-down in Control Hub, the new default behavior provisions these customers in the Canada Data Center. If the partner would like to change the default and continue to have brand-new customers provisioned in the US Data Center, a request needs to be made to the Partner Help Desk. This is a partner-level setting. Once enabled, no additional action is needed on the part of the partner.
Calling behavior API
Calling Behavior API is essential for large partners, migrating from UCMC or UCM to Webex Calling giving them ability to automate the user onboarding process assigning a UC profile to a user.
Migration of features in Control Hub: Call queues
Call queues temporarily hold calls in the cloud when an agent assigned to receive calls from the queue are unavailable. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin Portal to set up and configure call queues for your locations. You are now able to complete call queue configuration in Control Hub under the settings for features.
For more information, see Manage Call Queues in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
March 30, 2021
Call recording API
We've added Call Recording APIs to the Webex for Developers platform. This will allow applications to start, stop, pause, and resume recordings. For more information about Webex Calling APIs, click here.
User experience enhancement: Webex App and Webex Calling App download
We updated the Webex Calling app download experience. Based on your organization's settings users will automatically see either the Webex Calling app or the Webex app. You can download either app from settings.webex.com.
March 26, 2021
Support for on-demand call recording
This feature is to enable the "On-demand / User Initiated" call recording option that allows an end-user to start, pause, resume, stop call recording. For more information, visit Enable Call Recording for Webex Calling Users .
March 24, 2021
User experience enhancement
Ring Splash was added on the executive call feature in the Calling User Portal. This also introduced silent versus ring splash alerting options for the executive assistant service.
For more information about how to configure the executive and executive assistant service in the Calling User Portal, see this article.
March 15, 2021
Trunks, route groups, and dial plans
This feature enhances the connectivity of Webex Calling to on-premises PSTN and PBXs. The enhancement includes trunks, groups of trunks (route groups), and a centralized dialing plan to add scale and redundancy for trunks to premises with priority, failover, and load balancing. This feature routes calls between Webex Calling users and one-to-many on-premises PBXs. It supports both premises-based PSTN and cloud-connected PSTN for Webex Calling users. With this enhancement, we can clarify the definitions of Local Gateway, Premises-based PSTN, and Trunks. Local Gateway refers to on-premises gateway. Premises-based PSTN and Trunks describes the PSTN and connectivity in Webex Calling.
For more information, see Configure Trunks, Route Groups, and Dial Plans for Cisco Webex Calling.
Reset voicemail PIN
Administrators are now able to reset a user's voicemail PIN within Control Hub by issuing a temporary default PIN. Users continue to have the ability to reset their voicemail PIN in settings.webex.com or by changing their PIN using the voicemail portal.
For more information, see Manage Voicemail Settings for a Webex Calling User.
March 5, 2021
User Features API - Updated user features including Barge-In, Call Forwarding, Call Recording, Voicemail, Do Not Disturb, Caller ID, and Intercept. For more information about Webex Calling APIs, click here.
February 16, 2021
Sell-in countries added
Calling services are now also available for sale in the following countries: Indonesia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.
January 28, 2021
Language enhancement for announcements and emails
You can select additional languages for both audio announcements and email announcements for users in the Calling Admin Portal. For more information, see this article.
Languages included in this enhancement are:
Brazilian Portuguese (new)
January 26, 2021
This feature allows users to make, receive, and move calls to or from any designated device. Office Anywhere is now available to configure in Control Hub. Administrators no longer have to go to the Calling Admin Portal to set up and configure Office Anywhere.
For more information, see Office Anywhere in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
Emergency callback number
Webex Calling Emergency Callback Number (ECBN) manages the Calling Line ID (CLID) that is presented to the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for emergency calls. Administrators can configure a location and users with a specified Emergency Callback Number (ECBN) within Control Hub. This configuration is independent of the configurable CLID, which will continue to be used for non-emergency call.
For more information, see Emergency Callback Number in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
January 21, 2021
The device overrides enhancement provides a way for administrators to manage their device configurations from Control Hub. It adds greater device provisioning flexibility by allowing enterprise customers to customize their devices to fit their business needs. Capabilities include: phone background image, long interdigit timer, short interdigit timer, display name, line key labels, and line key LED pattern.
Available in all regions. For more information, see Configure and Update Phone Settings for Your Organization.
January 19, 2021
We've enhanced device management throughout Control Hub. You can now assign and manage devices for users and workspaces, and you no longer have to go to the Calling Admin Portal to manage line orders, devices and clients, or other configuration options for your Cisco phones and ATAs. Cisco devices can be assigned Webex Calling services from Control Hub. Available in all regions.
December 9, 2020
Support for Non-Latin Characters
Non-Latin characters now display correctly for incoming calls on the Cisco IP Phone Multiplatform Phones and devices.
This improvement is for customer in the Asia-Pacific region only, including Japan, China, and Hong Kong.
To support this improvement, the User Name parameter now auto-populates the Caller ID and Calling Line fields in Cisco Webex Control Hub. The auto-populated fields are read-only.
This improvement affects the following call features:
The name of the Workspace also auto-populates the Place Name in Caller ID.
December 3, 2020
Hunt groups are calling groups that can distribute a single call across a specific group of users. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure hunt groups for your locations. You can complete application services configuration in Control Hub under the Features section.
For more information, see Hunt Groups in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
October 2, 2020
Call Park Extensions
Call Park Extensions allows for generic locations to be used for parking calls with call park. Administrators can define up to 100 extensions within call park for parking calls. These call park extensions can be monitored by users within the organization through the monitoring service.
For more information, see Call Park Extensions.
October 1, 2020
Virtual extensions allow organizations to include non-Webex Calling locations in their dial plan. Administrators can assign virtual extensions to users that aren’t on their organization’s, supplier’s, or business partner’s network. Dialed Virtual Extensions are translated to routable numbers and then sent to the dialing user's PSTN connection for outbound handling.
September 30, 2020
Bulk Update Phone Numbers and Caller IDs
You can bulk update phone numbers and caller ID information, such as the caller ID number and first and last name associated with a caller ID. You can use the Modify Users with a CSV Template process in Control Hub to bulk update numbers and caller IDs.
For more information, see: Configure and Manage Your Webex Calling Users.
September 23, 2020
Auto attendants answer incoming calls, and take caller input to route calls accordingly. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure auto attendants for your locations. You can complete auto attendant configuration in Control Hub under the Features settings section.
For more information, see Manage Auto Attendants in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
Scheduling and Office Hours
Scheduling lets you assign schedules to certain features, such as auto attendants. For example, you can set holiday hours for auto attendant services. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up schedules and office hours for your locations. You can complete scheduling and office hour configuration in Control Hub under the settings for each Location.
For more information, see Create and Configure a Schedule in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
Default Voicemail PIN
Webex Calling users can change their voicemail PIN on the My Profile screen of settings.webex.com, and Administrators can set a default PIN for users. Emails to users now include information on setting up this PIN. This makes it easier for users and administrators to manage voicemail.
August 19, 2020
You can enable the Webex Calling mobile, desktop, and tablet applications for a specific user. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure application services for each user. You can complete application services configuration in Control Hub under the settings for each user.
For more information, see: Manage Application Services for a Webex Calling User in Control Hub.
August 7, 2020
This feature allows a receptionist to monitor and manage incoming calls to a location. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure the receptionist client for your users. You can complete the receptionist client configuration in Control Hub under the settings for each user.
For more information, see: Receptionist Clients in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
Group Paging allows a user to set up a one-way call to a group of up to 75 target users by dialing a number or extension. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure originators and targets of group pages. You can complete the configuration of the Group Paging service in Control Hub under the Features settings section.
For more information, see: Configure a Paging Group in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
August 5, 2020
Analog Hotline is a user-level service that was accessible through the Calling Admin Portal. This feature was removed from the Webex Calling offer and is no longer accessible in either the Calling Admin Portal or Control Hub.
July 8, 2020
Personal Mode for Devices
Personal mode for room or desk devices is now supported for Webex Calling. When you activate a device in Control Hub, users of the device can start or receive Webex Teams calls. Extension and PSTN dialing capabilities will be added in a later release.
For more information, see: Set Up a Room or Desk Device as a Personal Device.
July 6, 2020
Bulk Activate Phone Numbers
You can now select a set of phone numbers and activate them in Control Hub. You have the option of loading deactivated phone numbers and quickly activating them through Control Hub at any time.
For more information, see: Configure Cisco Webex Calling for Your Organization.
July 2, 2020
Each location is assigned to a voice portal, which provides voicemail services to users assigned to that location. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure a location's voice portal. You can complete the voice portal password and number assignment in Control Hub under the settings for each Location.
For more information, see: Configure Voice Portals for Cisco Webex Calling in Control Hub.
July 1, 2020
User and Workspace Intercept
User and workspace intercept lets you reroute any incoming or outgoing call for a user to a number that you choose. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure user intercept. You can complete user and workspace configuration in Control Hub under the settings for each user or workspace.
June 16, 2020
Webex Calling Analytics in Control Hub
Webex Calling call records will be added to Control Hub Analytics under the Calling section. You'll be able to view engagement details for your organization to track the adoption of Webex Calling. You can also view media quality data for all calls made from MPP devices and soft clients to triage issues with packet loss, latency, and jitter.
For more information, see: Webex Calling Analytics in Control Hub.
June 4, 2020
Call Park and Call Park Group
Call park is when someone places a call on hold on an extension. Call park group allows call recipients to place a call on hold so that it can be retrieved from another device. For calls parked with a call park group, the system chooses to park the call against any extension from the list of users who are assigned to the call park group. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure call park or call park group. You can complete call park and call park group configurations in Control Hub.
For more information, see: Call Park in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
Call pickup allows one person to answer someone else's phone call. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure call pickup. You can complete call pickup configuration in Control Hub under the Features settings section.
For more information, see: Call Pickup in Cisco Webex Control Hub.
Music on Hold
Music on hold plays music for callers who are on a parked call. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure music on hold. You can complete music on hold configuration in Control Hub under the settings for each Location.
For more information, see: Configure Music on Hold Settings for your Location.
Calling Permissions for Locations
You can determine what calling permissions each location has. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure calling permissions for locations. You can complete calling permission configuration in Control Hub under the settings for each location.
May 29, 2020
Places License Updates
The places license now includes busy lamp monitoring, call forward for busy or unanswered calls, call hold/ resume, call transfer, and hoteling for hosts. This update saves cost for customers and enhances user interactions with Places.
May 28, 2020
Call Forwarding, Voicemail, and Caller ID
You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure user features for Call Forwarding, Voicemail, and Caller ID. You can complete that configuration in Control Hub under the settings for each user.
For more information, see:
Calling Permissions for Users
You can determine what calling permissions each user has. You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to set up and configure calling permissions for a user. You can complete calling permission configuration in Control Hub under the settings for each user.
For more information, see: Configure Calling Permissions for a Webex Calling User in Control Hub
May 26, 2020
Change License Types
Administrators or Partners no longer need to remove then re-add and configure a user to change the license. You can now upgrade Webex Calling licenses to enterprise, or downgrade the license to basic all from Control Hub. Upgrading and downgrading licenses maintains user’s feature settings and assigned device/clients.
May 21, 2020
RedSky Integration with Webex Calling
We now support RedSky integration for Webex Calling, a feature that replaces a customer's use of the cloud PSTN provider or the on-premise PSTN provider (through local gateway) with RedSky's Horizon Mobility Service for emergency calls. RedSky Horizon Mobility provides an E911 solution for Webex Calling that lets you take advantage of user mobility instead of traditional static offerings. Horizon Mobility can track soft client users (using the MyE911 app) and HTTP-Enabled Location Delivery (HELD) compatible devices as they move around the organization's location. When the MyE911 app is unable to automatically determine a soft client users' location, the app prompts the user to input their location. Horizon Mobility provides email and SMS notifications for events including emergency calls and test (933) calls. Optional services include emergency call monitoring with barge-in and emergency call recording. This integration is only available for Webex Calling locations based in the US and Canada.
For more information, see RedSky Emergency 911 Service for Webex Calling.
May 15, 2020
Updates to The First Time Setup Wizard for Webex Calling
The first time setup wizard has been updated to make it easier for customers to get their Webex Calling services up and running. Several fields have been removed from the first time setup wizard including the assign phone number to a location requirement. Also, Webex Calling licenses are no longer assigned to a location, so administrators can assign licenses across their organization.
For more information see: Configure Cisco Webex Calling for Your Organization and Set Up Your Webex Calling Features.
May 11, 2020
New devices including Cisco IP Phone 6861 (Wi-Fi) and 6871 (with color display) Multiplatform Phones and AudioCodes MediaPack 1288 and 17 are now supported.
May 5, 2020
The Dubber Call Recording solution for Webex Calling is being readied now as a Cisco Solutions Plus Partner with pricing planned for access in the Cisco Commerce Workspace (CCW). Dubber's SaaS-based call recording subscription option for Webex Calling provides enterprises with a strategic cloud-based service with unlimited scale to meet regulatory compliance with actionable insight into their voice communications like never before.
For more information, see Enable Call Recording for an Organization.
May 4, 2020
Regional Media for Endpoints and Local Gateways
We've improved the media quality for customers with multinational deployments. Multiplatform phones, analog telephone adapters (ATAs), soft clients, and local gateways will register to Session Border Controllers (SBCs) in their local regions. Keeping media in the local Webex Calling region helps to improve media quality by reducing latency and jitter.
April 29, 2020
Audio Quality Enhancements
Opus codec support for Webex Calling calls between Multiplatform IP Phones (MPP), Cisco Webex Teams, and room devices. This improves sound quality and lowers bandwidth usage for call flows involving those clients.
For more information, see Audio Specifications for Webex Calling.
March 24, 2020
CScan for Webex Calling
CScan, the network readiness test for Webex Calling, now tests more network characteristics. Run the Advanced Diagnostic Test at https://cscan.webex.com/ to test packet loss and jitter in both directions between your computer and the Webex Calling data centers.
March 16, 2020
In preparation for the upcoming Regional Media feature, we've combined North America, EMEA, Australia, and Japan into one Port Reference table for SPs and VARs called Production. To avoid a service outage, we strongly recommend that you update your firewalls accordingly before the upcoming release of Regional Media for Endpoints and Local Gateways.
New Phone Support
We support Webex Calling on Multiplatform 6861 and 6871 desk phones, and MPP DECT phones. These phones can be activated the same way you activate any other device.
We've added these phones to the devices list here.
March 6, 2020
February 25, 2020
You're no longer required to add an extension when adding a number to a user or room device in a place. It's now just an option that's available to you if you need it.
For more information, see the following articles:
February 24, 2020
You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to enable Call Waiting for users. You can complete that configuration right in Control Hub.
Call Waiting allows people to take multiple calls at once. With call waiting, users can place a call on hold to answer a different call.
For more information, see Enable Call Waiting for Cisco Webex Calling.
You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to enable Push-to-Talk for users. You can complete that configuration right in Control Hub.
Push-to-Talk connects users in different parts of your organization. For example, you can create a list of customer service representatives who can chat with Jim in the warehouse using Push-to-Talk on their phones.
For more information, see Configure Push-to-Talk for Webex Calling Users.
February 17, 2020
Local Gateway for Service Providers
Service Providers (SPs) can now leverage the same local gateway configuration that used to be only available to Value Added Resellers (VARs).
For more information, see the following articles:
February 11, 2020
CUBE High Availability as LGW
You can now deploy two CUBEs at the same location in order to increase the reliability of the local gateway.
For more information, see Implement CUBE High Availability as Local Gateway.
January 21, 2020
You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to enable Monitoring for users. You can complete that configuration right in Control Hub.
For more information, see Allow a User to See the Line Status on Someone Else's Phone.
You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to enable Privacy for users. You can complete that configuration right in Control Hub.
For more information, see Prevent Someone from Monitoring a User's Line Status.
January 16, 2020
Cloud Connected PSTN Provider (CCP) Program Expansion
In addition to having a certified PSTN provider for Australia and New Zealand, the CCP program has been expanded further to include another provider for United States, Canada, and Latin America.
To keep up-to-date about the CCP program and get a current list of certified CCP providers, refer to the CCP Community.
December 16, 2019
Hoteling Guest Configuration
You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to configure a user as a hoteling guest. You can complete that configuration right in Control Hub.
For more information, see the following Help articles:
Administrators—Turn On Hoteling for Webex Calling Users
You no longer have to go to the Calling Admin portal to allow users to barge-in to calls. You can complete that configuration right in Control Hub.
For more information, see the following Help articles:
Administrators—Allow Users to Barge In to Ongoing Calls
December 6, 2019
Support for PSTN on Cisco Webex Room Devices
Room devices now support multimedia calling in a place. Administrators can now assign Webex Calling and phone numbers to room devices, giving users in a place the ability to make and receive phone calls from these devices.
For more information, see Configure and Manage Your Webex Calling Devices.
Assign Locations when Adding Users in Bulk
When you add users in bulk using a CSV file, you can now include locations in that file.
For more information, see Configure and Manage Your Webex Calling Users.
November 21, 2019
Delete a Location
Available in the following regions: North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Japan. Coming soon to Australia.
If you have a location that's either no longer in use or was configured incorrectly, you can now delete that location but only after you first delete the users and places associated with it. When you delete a location, you delete all of its assigned services and numbers. Any location can be deleted except the default location (usually the first location you created).
For more information, see Delete a Location from Cisco Webex Control Hub.
Support for Special Characters in User's First and Last Name
You'll soon be able to enter special characters as part of someone's first and last name and have them be reflected in Caller ID.
Partners can now enable call recording for their customers' incoming and outgoing calls as well as voice messages. Customers can choose which users to enable the feature for and customize settings such as Pause and Resume, recording announcements, and more.
We've created the following articles:
Administrators—Enable Call Recording for Webex Calling Users
Support in Even More Countries
We now support the following sell-in countries: Japan and Mexico.
And we support the following branch office-only countries: Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam.
We've updated the following articles:
Secure and Simplified Device Onboarding
You can now generate activation codes for devices assigned to users and places. Users can now register their own phones to the cloud. All that's required is to unpack the device, enter a code, and their MPP device is fully operational with Webex Calling. You can also add and assign devices in bulk, making device onboarding even easier!
We've updated the following Help article:
Basic License for Users and Places
The Basic Station adds a new user license type to Webex Calling that enables limited calling-only capabilities to a user while offering more functionality than a Place.
We've updated the following Help articles:
New Phone Support
We support Webex Calling on Multiplatform 8832 Conference Phones, MPP 6821 desk phone, and MPP DECT phones. These phones can be activated the same way you activate any other device.
We've added these phones to the devices list here.
Client Support for Tablet and Chromebook
The Webex Calling app is now available on iOS and Android tablets and Chromebook devices that support Android apps.
We've added this capability to the Webex Calling App section of the System Requirements article.
Enterprise Dial Plan
You can now update your dial plan to add a unique routing prefix to each one of your locations, add a steering digit to a routing prefix, change internal extension lengths, and much more.
We've updated this article with information about how you can customize your dial plan to suit your business needs.
Multi-PSTN for Webex Calling for Service Providers (SPs)
You now have the option to select a different PSTN provider when you set up the calling plan for each of your locations in Control Hub. Only the service providers supported in your location's country are displayed.
We've updated this article with the information you need to get started.
Cloud Connected PSTN Provider (CCPP)
As a Webex Calling for VARs customer, you can now choose between the following calling settings:
Cloud Connected PSTN—A cloud solution that doesn't require a significant investment in local hardware.
Local gateway—Allows you to keep your current PSTN provider or maybe you want to be able to connect non-cloud sites with cloud sites and have a common dial plan (hybrid option). You may choose this option if you have multiple locations and you don't want to go all cloud, all at once.
We've updated this article with information about how you select these options in Control Hub:
You now have more ways to specify your preferred language in Webex Control Hub, such as when you create a new customer using the First Time Setup Wizard or add a location.
We've added these settings to the following Help articles:
Calling in Webex Teams
We've changed the default calling behavior that's integrated with Webex Teams.
Check out this article for more information.
Connect Line Enhancements
Delivers a better and more transparent user experience. Connected Line Identification Presentation (COLP) enhances transparency displaying the caller ID of the actual connected party and provides the terminating party with the ability to prevent the presentation of their identity to the caller.
Enhanced Telephone Number Search
We've introduced a time saving search capability in the Calling Admin Portal Analytics. In addition to being able to retrieve call analytics by all location numbers and extensions or up to 50 individual site numbers or extensions, you can now search for a single external number.
Provides a time-saving benefit to administrators by showing only desired calls. Eliminates the need to download the full list via export and use an external program to filter the calls.
Service Assurance Enhancements
We expanded visibility of the Service Assurance widget in the Calling Admin Portal (previously only available in Webex calling for VAR). CScan is a tool that can be used to check the status of location ports and bandwidth.
For more information, see this article.
We're sharing details about our planned feature releases that are coming out soon. Keep in mind that we might need to make changes to release dates and the features themselves. You can subscribe to this article to get updates on any changes.
Removal of access to users and workspaces in the Calling Admin Portal
Configuration for users and workspaces is completely migrated to Control Hub, so access and editing in the Calling Admin Portal will be removed.
Voice messaging enhancements
With this feature, a Webex Calling administrator can have more control over users voice messages. This feature allows setting voice message retention period and voice message forwarding rules. In addition, there will be enhanced passcode rules around how frequently the user has to change the PIN, the length of PIN, and the ability to avoid users setting simple passcodes. This feature allows administrators to define voice message settings in order to meet the organizations compliance needs.
Support for Control Hub feature API, available to customers, partners, and third parties
The external Webex Calling provisioning APIs will be extended to include provisioning for both Call Queues and Hunt Groups.
Migration of features to Control Hub: Locations and customer management
Management of locations will move from the Calling Admin Portal to Control Hub. The ability to modify the Company Profile, including Emergency Call Notifications, will also move from the Calling Admin Portal to Control Hub.
New Webex Calling voice messaging APIs
The Call Controls section in Webex for Developers will have new APIs to manage Voice Messages and Message Waiting Indicators. These new APIs will allow users to get a summary of all their voicemail messages, get a specific voicemail,and set the message waiting indicator status programmatically. The Webhooks APIs will also be updated for users to get event notifications when changes happen to users voice messaging service.
This new feature will enable Webex Calling customers to create and manage a voicemail and fax inbox that can be shared by multiple users. Voicemails will be accessible through the voice portal and/or email to an email address (ideally a distribution list). The Voicemail Group can be utilized for several applications such as Call Queue or Hunt Group overflow, an option on the Auto Attendant, or even as an inbox for contractors.
Webex App E911 support
A "Secret Key" field will be added in Control Hub to make Webex App compliant with Ray Baum Act 2021 needs. This will be used by the Webex App to determine the location of user both on-permise (enterprise wiremap) and off-premise. The Webex App will use this to communicate with RedSky, a E911 provider, to determine the users location when the app detects any network change. The app will be able to automatically detect wiremapped location (locations provisioned by admin in RedSky) or prompt for the address for any non-premise location.
Configurable external calling name
Allows an enterprise to determine the calling name that is delivered when a Webex Calling user makes an external call. This name is typically different from the user's name and can be set on a per-user basis for maximum flexibility.
Cisco MPP Firmware Upgrade to 11.3.5
Multiplatform firmware will upgrade for Cisco MPP 6800, 7800, and 8800 series phones from 11.3.4 to 11.3.5. As part of this firmware upgrade, no new calling features are being introduced for Webex Calling. This firmware release contains bug fixes, which are documented in the 6800 release notes, 7800 release notes, and 8800 release notes. If customers are interested in participating in the EFT program, they can request it to be enabled with the TAC team.
Headset firmware will upgrade for the following models:
Cisco 520 and 530 -> 15-18-26
Cisco 560 -> 2-3-0001-13
This release will be available in the following regions on the following dates and times:
Canada—November 3, 2021 9:00 pm (CA CDT)
EMEA—November 3, 2021 09:00 pm (GMT)
EUN—November 3, 2021 09:00 pm (GMT)
NAMER—November 3, 2021 09:00 pm (US ET)
JAPAN—November 11, 2021 09:00 pm (JST)
APAC—November 11, 2021 09:00 pm (AEST)
Webex Calling Singapore data center
Webex Calling Media Pop data center in Singapore will be a new calling data center that offers edge services, media services, and interconnections with partners such as Cloud-Connected PSTN Partners (CCPP) to customer locations in Southeast Asian countries. Clients in the region will connect to the Singapore data center as their closest entry point to the Webex network, minimizing latency and improving media quality.
Video for N-way calling
This feature will enable video for ad-hoc conference calls initiated by users on Webex Calling. HD video conference calls will be enabled where audio-only conference calls previously existed for video-enabled devices.
Updated Webex Calling first-time setup wizard experience
As part of the update to the overall first-time setup wizard experience for new Webex services, Webex Calling administrators will have a new flow for setting up the first location of Webex Calling.
Support for third-party devices (limited availability)
Ability for customers to provision Poly and Yealink phones as fully managed devices on Webex Calling. This is helpful to customers who want to migrate to Webex Calling and who have already made a significant investment in non-Cisco devices. Ultimately, the long-term goal is for customers to transition to Cisco phones, Webex video devices, and Webex Apps to achieve the best experience.
Rich call presence in Webex App
Call presence integration between user's desk phone and Webex App feature gives you tactical advantage in effectively connecting inbound callers with employees, which will reduce hold times and hang-ups.
Updated names and descriptions in Calling User Portal content
The Calling User Portal for Webex Calling will have several content updates to make the Webex Calling features more understandable to the end user.
Unified CM (UCM) to Webex Calling user, number, device, and firmware migrations
New tools to migrate BE6K/UCM Users, Numbers, and Devices to the Webex Calling Platform. The tools also provide an easy process for migrating phone firmware from enterprise to MPP mode. The tool automatically generates the required firmware migration licenses as part of the migration process.
Cisco Calling Plans
With Cisco Calling Plans, you can make local, long distance, international, and emergency services calls, register and maintain your emergency services address, receive incoming calls through a unique phone number, and port over your existing telephone numbers.
Cisco Calling Plans are currently available in the United States, Canada, and in the UK. They will be introduced in 10 additional European countries prior to the end of 2021.
Feature Access Code (FAC) cleanup and documentation
Fully document all FACs available and disable undocumented FACs that cause poor usability.
Location-based routing for toll bypass regulation compliance
Telecom regulations in some countries like India, require that PSTN network is not bypassed to decrease cost associated with long distance calls. In order to enable Webex Calling service for these countries, it is required that Webex Calling supports location-based routing based on user's geographic network. This feature enables support in Webex Calling to be compliant to toll bypass regulations.
Transcription of received voicemails will be available for Webex Calling users. When enabled, any time a new voicemail message is received, users will receive an email notification with the voicemail transcribed in the body of the email and the voicemail attached as a .WAV file.
Additional languages for announcements
You will be able to select additional languages for audio announcements and voice prompts. Languages included in this enhancement are: