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Multi-Tech IP Telephony Gateway Links the Small Office as Part ofAvaya Enterprise Connect Solutions

04-07-2003

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV) a leading global provider of communicationsnetworks for businesses, and Multi-Tech today announced an InternetProtocol Telephony gateway specifically targeted for largecompanies with small, distributed offices. In conjunction withAvaya Enterprise Connect Solutions, Multi-Tech's MultiVoIPgateways, extend the advanced communications applications of AvayaMultiVantage Software from a centrally managed system to smalloffices with up to ten people.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV) a leading global provider of communicationsnetworks for businesses, and Multi-Tech today announced an InternetProtocol Telephony gateway specifically targeted for largecompanies with small, distributed offices. In conjunction withAvaya Enterprise Connect Solutions, Multi-Tech's MultiVoIPgateways, extend the advanced communications applications of AvayaMultiVantage Software from a centrally managed system to smalloffices with up to ten people.

With Avaya and Multi-Tech's MultiVoIP gateways, companieseliminate the need to manage disparate, standalone key and PBXplatforms with varying features and functions. Instead, thecentralized system offers consistent communications and callfeatures to all users in the enterprise — including the very smalloffice — with local office survivability capabilities that ensurebusiness continuity.

The MultiVoIP gateways bridge the remote office voice and datanetwork to the central Avaya Media Server over an IP WAN link,cost-effectively extending the features of Avaya MultiVantage™software to all locations. MultiVoIP gateways also bridge the PSTNto the IP network by connecting to one or more analog trunks, andcan function as an alternate gatekeeper at the local office. In theevent of a WAN link failure, the MultiVoIP gateway's PSTN fail-overcapability automatically redirects calls to the public telephonenetwork.

"This application of our new combination gateway/gatekeepers isa perfect fit," said Chip Harleman, Vice President of Sales andMarketing for Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. "Avaya was looking for aneconomical media gateway for its small office users that provideddistributed office capabilities, PSTN trunking and local officesurvivability. MultiVoIP fit their needs. And, because of Avaya'sestablished reputation in providing secure network infrastructuresand reliable voice and data applications, we find ourselvespartnered with one of the best in the industry."

The MultiVoIPs are combination IP Telephony gateways andgatekeepers designed to offer an economical alternative toautonomous systems utilizing separate PC-based gatekeepers. The newMulti-Tech MultiVoIPs are available in two-port desktop and four oreight port rack mounted versions. The MultiVoIPs are H.323compatible, feature PSTN fail over, and offer H.450 supplementaryservices.

"Multi-Tech's MultiVoIP Gateway cost effectively completes thefull range of scalability offered by Avaya Enterprise ConnectSolutions," said Jorge Blanco, vice president of Product Marketing,Avaya. "It fully delivers Avaya MultiVantage to the small office,seamlessly integrating locations under ten people into the largerenterprise and allowing companies to leverage skills wheneverthey're needed — wherever they're located."

The MultiTech MultiVoIP Gateway will be generally available inNorth America in June, and internationally later in 2003.

Multi-Tech is a Premier member of Avaya's Developer ConnectionProgram (DevConnect), a comprehensive set of innovativesales, support, marketing and services programs through which Avayaworks with members to develop, promote and sell their products andsolutions that interoperate with Avaya solutions. For moreinformation, visit DevConnect at http://www.devconnectprogram.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.

About Multi-Tech
An ISO 9001 certified global manufacturer of award-winningInternet, remote access, and telephony products, Multi-Tech Systemsprovides end-to-end solutions for small to medium-sized businesses.Multi-Tech's products are available through a worldwide network ofbusiness partners (distributors, resellers, system integrators,ISPs, and ISVs), or in embedded solutions from OEMs.

Privately held, Multi-Tech Systems has over 59 U.S. patents andnumerous international patents. The company's intellectual propertyportfolio includes patents covering transmission of multiplexedvoice, data and video packets used in technologies such as Internettelephony, PC telephony, voice over IP or frame relay, and DSVDmodems. For additional information, contact Multi-Tech at800/328-9717 or 763/785-3500, via fax at 763/785-9874 or browse thecompany's World Wide Web home page at http://www.multitech.com.

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