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Avaya S8300 Media Server Wins Network Magazine's "2003 Product ofthe Year" Award

06-05-2003

The Korean subsidiary of Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading globalprovider of communications networks and services for businesses,today announced that its IP telephony solution, Avaya S8300 MediaServer, won the '2003 Product of the Year Awards' of

The Korean subsidiary of Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading globalprovider of communications networks and services for businesses,today announced that its IP telephony solution, Avaya S8300 MediaServer, won the '2003 Product of the Year Awards' of NetworkMagazine, a leading IT publication published by U.S. CMP Media.Products of the Year Awards are chosen by Network Magazine'saward-winning editors to recognize the outstanding technicalachievement of products and services that are most significant tothe network IT community.

Designed to meet the communication needs of small to mid sizeoffices, branch offices, and global multi-site networked customers,Avaya S8300 Media Server can support up to 450 IP devices when itis combined with G700 Media Gateway. The Avaya S8300 Media Serverand Avaya G700 Media Gateway Combination offers enhancedconferencing, call center capability, multi-site support,centralized voice mail, remote access, etc.

"Avaya Media Server S8300 stands out in the telephony andmessaging category for its creative approach to getting the jobdone-with great benefits to network IT managers and theirenterprises," commented Steve Steinke, Editor-in-Chief. "Avayaproves that innovation in the network IT space is alive andwell."

Network Magazine highlighted that Avaya S8300 MediaServer delivers PBX scalability, functionality, and reliability forIP networks. "Running Avaya's industry-leading IP-telephonysoftware called 'Avaya Communication Manager (formerly known asMultiVantage™ Software)', the awarded media server provides thesame standard features as the Avaya DEFINITY® EnterpriseCommunication Server, which is a lot more than most VoIP PBXs offertoday in any form," said the Network Magazine.

The S8300 and G700 combination can function as a total convergedstandalone solution for small offices, or a remote edge device fora larger enterprise network when configured with S8700 MediaServer. For example, in the event of WAN failure, the S8300 cantake over all the control processing of S8700, allowing enterprisesto continue their mission critical business operations.

Allen Sulkin, president of TEQConsult Group, a PBX consultancy,said, "The S8300 was a 'major breakthrough'. It may be the mostinnovative client/server IP PBX design currently on the marketbecause of its multifunctional interface design and its ability tobe configured behind the S8700 IP-Connect system as a survivableremote cabinet."

"Avaya understands the communication needs of today'senterprises — cost-effective, scalable, reliable, high-performancecommunication solution," said Dinesh Malkani, Managing Director,Avaya Korea. He added, "S8300 Media Gateway's Award of 2003 Productof the Year by Network Magazine reinforces Avaya's technicalleadership in the IP telephony arena. We will focus onstrengthening Avaya's position in the Korean IP telephony market,starting to show growth."

Network Magazine's annual Products of the Year Awards areacknowledged as one of the networking industry's longest runningand most distinguished awards programs. The awards are given toproducts and services released in the 2002 calendar year, and areevaluated on broad appeal of the product or service to the readercommunity; competitive enhancements; price/performance advantages;technical ingenuity; new features and applications; andserviceability to the market. Products of the Year Award winnerswill be featured in the May 2003 issue of Network Magazineand online at NetworkMagazine.com.

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

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