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Analyst Report Lists Avaya In Leaders Quadrant in EnterpriseTelephony

09-17-2003
  • Report on North America corporate telephony cites growth ofInternet protocol communications applications

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of communicationsnetworks and services for businesses, has been listed in theleaders quadrant for enterprise telephony vendors in North Americaby the research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. The report:

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider ofcommunications networks and services for businesses, has beenlisted in the leaders quadrant for enterprise telephony vendors inNorth America by the research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. Thereport: North America Magic Quadrant for North AmericaEnterprise Telephony 2003 is available at: www.avaya.com

Gartner analysts Jay Lassman, Richard Costello and Jeff Snyderevaluated Avaya and 11 other enterprise telephony providers on eachcompany's technology vision and ability to execute in themarketplace. According to the Gartner report, leaders are companiesthat are performing well today, have a clear vision of marketdirection and are actively building competencies to sustain theirleadership position in the market.

Gartner noted the Internet protocol telephony market in NorthAmerica is moving into a period of growth and acceptance, with afocus on new business applications that improve productivity andcustomer service operations.

"The transition to IP telephony is all about customer choice,"said Don Peterson, chairman and CEO of Avaya. "Avaya's strategy istruly unique: We provide the richest portfolio of communicationsapplications in our industry, with particular emphasis onreliability and security. Through a combination of technology andour Global Services organization, we're moving enterprises — small,medium and large — to IP telephony via the path and at the pace thecustomer chooses. The Gartner Magic Quadrant for EnterpriseTelephony and our customers' successes provide further confirmationthat Avaya is on the right track."

Avaya's IP Telephony Leadership
The Gartner report follows market share data published in May 2003by InfoTech and in June 2003 by Synergy Research Group that showAvaya leading both the U.S. and global IP telephony markets interms of IP lines (ports) shipped.1 Avaya is one of thefastest-growing companies in the IP telephony space, with increasesin its U.S. shipments that are more than double the industry rate.In addition, Avaya IP telephony solutions have been singled out fora variety of industry honors, including: a 2003 "Best in Test"award from Business Communications Review, for the S8700media server for large enterprises; CMP Publications' 2003 Productof Year for the Avaya S8300 Media Server for medium-sizedenterprises; and Miercom recently named Avaya IP Office, anall-in-one solution for small and medium-sized enterprises "Best inTest" for delivering 100 percent IP call reliability, best advancedfeatures and excellent voice quality.

Avaya IP Telephony
The Avaya MultiVantage Communications Applications Suite is thecompany's portfolio of open standards-based, IP-telephonycommunications applications. The MultiVantage suite incorporatesAvaya applications for telephony, contact centers, messaging andunified communication. The suite is powered by the company'sflagship IP telephony software, Communication Manager. The AvayaCommunications Architecture is designed around customer needs andchoice. It provides multiple paths to reach IP telephony, offeringboth fully distributed client/server implementations for companiesseeking rapid transition to new capabilities as well as IP-enabledenvironments for businesses wanting to gradually achieve newbenefits, while extending their previous investments.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent ofthe FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is aworld leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP)telephony systems and communications software applications andservices.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications withbusiness applications — and distinguished by comprehensiveworldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing andnew networks to achieve superior business results. For moreinformation visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

1InfoTrack for EnterpriseCommunications, First Quarter 2003, by InfoTech, published June15, 2003; Enterprise VoIP Worldwide Market Shares by SynergyResearch, published May 19, 2003.

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2003 by Gartner, Inc. and isreused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphicalrepresentation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period.It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measureagainst criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted inthe Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to selectonly those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The MagicQuadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant tobe a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties,express or implied, with respect to this research, including anywarranties of merchantability or fitness for a particularpurpose.

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