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Avaya Provides Converged Voice and Data Communications Solutionsfor Morehouse College's New Hands-on Telecommunications Lab

05-15-2003

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of communicationsnetworks and services for businesses, today announced it hassupplied its latest converged voice and data solutions to helpstudents learn the "nuts and bolts" of communications in a newtelecommunications program at Morehouse College, the nation'slargest private liberal arts college for men and one of the leadinginstitutions focused on the education of African-Americans.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider ofcommunications networks and services for businesses, todayannounced it has supplied its latest converged voice and datasolutions to help students learn the "nuts and bolts" ofcommunications in a new telecommunications program at MorehouseCollege, the nation's largest private liberal arts college for menand one of the leading institutions focused on the education ofAfrican-Americans.

School officials say the new multidisciplinary program, which isone of only a few of its kind at an undergraduate liberal artscollege, is designed to address the industry's need for infusingnew "blood" into a field where few colleges are offering suchcourses and those with the technical knowledge oftelecommunications are retiring in increasing numbers.

Students will be learning about an industry whose worldwidemarket for telecommunications equipment and services topped U.S.$1.28 trillion in 2001, a figure comprising more than half of thetotal IT market, and is expected to grow through 2006 at a CAGR of4.8 percent to U.S. $1.6 trillion, according to Gartner (Nov.2002)1.

Avaya networking solutions are a part of the offerings atMorehouse's new Telecommunications Technology Tower, which houseslab, office and classroom facilities for the school'stelecommunications and computer science programs. The tower isconnected to a newly renovated and expanded Merrill Hall followingan award in 2001 of a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department ofCommerce. The program will not only serve students, but citizens inthe immediate neighborhood as well as local business and industry.College officials note there is a particular shortage in theAtlanta area of telecommunications professionals, where severallarge telecommunications companies have offices.

Morehouse's multidisciplinary program leads to a minor intelecommunications and includes detailed studies of the managementand political aspects of telecommunications such as managementpractices/structures, government usage of telecommunications,regulation and law and procedures on the local, national andinternational level.

In the lab, called the Corning/Avaya Telecommunications Lab,students are conducting experiments and receiving training in voiceand data transmission characteristics as well as circuit design andpricing. Course titles include topics such as WirelessCommunications; Voice Over Internet Protocol; Phone Installationand Electrical Properties of Telephony; Traffic Engineering;History of Telecom and Regulation and Introduction and Review ofNetwork and Transmission Technology. Also included are studies onthe sociological, economic and technological impact oftelecommunications. In addition to courses from Morehouse, theprogram permits students to take courses from Georgia Tech andother nearby Atlanta University Center member institutions tofulfill their requirements.

"Avaya provided the technical infrastructure support that wasnecessary to develop a state-of-the-art telecommunications lab forMorehouse College," said Dr. Herbert Charles, director of theTelecommunications program at Morehouse. "This laboratory is a keycomponent of a program that trains and educates future leaders inthe telecommunications industry. We are pleased to have developed arelationship with Avaya for such an important endeavor."

Avaya has provided the following communications solutions at thelab:

  • Avaya Internet Protocol (IP) Telephones, 4630 and 4620, whichhave touch screen and website features. The phones leverage thepower of a converged voice and data network, which enables users toaccess a host of features and capabilities — to help improvebottom-line savings. This example of IP telephony isnext-generation technology that is changing the way companiescommunicate in the future as it enables voice and datacollaboration over a converged Internet Protocol network.
  • Avaya's Extension to Cellular (EC500) with "meet me"conferencing capability that allows users to link to a PBXcommunications switch instead of paying to use an outsideconferencing service for conference calls.
  • Avaya™ Media Server and Avaya Gateways, which run on Avaya'sMultiVantage™ Communications Applications platform that providesuser and system management capability, intelligent call routing,application integration and enterprise networking.
  • Avaya P330 stackable switch with WAN (wide area network) bladesto simulate IP connectivity across a WAN and use of an Avaya PBXcommunications switch to simulate multiple systems across anInternet Protocol network.
  • Avaya Wireless Local Area Network (LAN) Solution with wirelessaccess points to allow students access to a LAN without having tobe hardwired to an Ethernet switch.


"To be part of a program that values state-of-the-art technologyis inspiring," said James Reddick, a Morehouse College senior fromSan Jose, Calif., who will be among the first to graduate this yearwith a minor in telecom and a major in computer science. "Throughthe technology I utilize in my courses, I am not only learningInternet Protocol Telephony, WANs and LANs and PBX communicationsswitches, but more importantly how to be a telecommunicationsbusiness leader."

In addition to supplying communications solutions in the lab,Avaya recently installed an Avaya DEFINITY® Communication Serverwith INTUITY™ AUDIX® voice messaging to provide telephone serviceand voice mail in student dormitories, which have approximately1,500 students. Campus administration buildings were also recentlyupgraded with network software for the administration's AvayaDEFINITY® communications switch for more efficient connections andnew Internet Protocol network capabilities.

"This program is welcome progress that allows us to instruct andtrain new young minds in the growing telecommunications market,"said Albert Little, telecommunication supervisor in charge ofdesign and purchasing of the campus telecommunication technology."Avaya has made a wonderful step in the right direction."

About Morehouse College
Ranked twice as the number one college in the nation for educatingAfrican American students by Black Enterprise magazine,Morehouse College is the nation's largest, private liberal artscollege for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately3,000 students and confers bachelor's degrees on more black menthan any other institution in the world. Morehouse is one of onlytwo Historically Black Colleges or Universities to produce twoRhodes Scholars.

Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel PeacePrize laureate and civil rights leader; Dr. David Satcher, formerU.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center forPrimary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine; Sheldon "Spike"Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions;Maynard H. Jackson, president of Jackson Securities and the firstAfrican-American mayor of Atlanta; and Nima A. Warfield, the firstAfrican-American Rhodes Scholar from an Historically Black Collegeor University.

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.

1 Global Telecommunications Market Take, 4Q02,Gartner, November 27, 2002, p. 1

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