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Avaya Completes Purchase of Spectel

10-04-2004
  • Combined portfolio of conferencing applications to be marketed as Avaya Meeting Exchange solutions

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications software, systems and services, today announced it has completed the purchase of Spectel, a world leader in audio and web conferencing solutions, for approximately $103 million in cash.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications software, systems and services, today announced it has completed the purchase of Spectel, a world leader in audio and web conferencing solutions, for approximately $103 million in cash.

As announced on August 3, 2004, Spectel's employee base of approximately 210 people located in Dublin, Ireland and Andover, Massachusetts join Avaya.

The acquisition enables Avaya to continue to expand its capabilities in conferencing, which is a core business communications technology. Avaya is combining its previous conferencing offers with Spectel's on-premise and service provider conferencing solutions and marketing these offers under a new portfolio name: Avaya Meeting Exchange.

"Avaya has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Spectel for more than four years," said Michael Thurk, Avaya group vice president, Enterprise Communications Group. "We have had proven success with customers in the past, and with the addition of Spectel's talented staff of experts and leading technology assets, we believe the new combined conferencing solutions team is positioned to provide exciting and innovative applications in the future."

Avaya Meeting Exchange includes software-based solutions that are designed using industry standards, which makes them well-suited to integrate with systems from a variety of vendors. This open, standards-based approach can ease development of converged conferencing solutions in cooperation with other industry leaders.

Avaya Meeting Exchange solutions can be easily and cost-effectively scaled to serve enterprises large and small and global service providers. The solutions offer enterprise on-premise, managed on-premise and service provider solutions, including applications for advanced services, such as integration with other productivity software suites, sophisticated operator support functions and wireless capabilities.

Avaya will also integrate Spectel technology with its own market-leading Internet Protocol (IP) telephony applications suite to provide businesses with expanded converged conferencing capabilities. Converged conferencing brings together Web, video, audio and data conferencing on an IP network. Demand for advanced collaboration applications is expected to grow as adoption of IP telephony in enterprises continues to expand.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications — and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

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