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Avaya Broadens IP Communications Support for Enterprise MobileWorkers by Joining Symbian Platinum Partner Program

03-10-2005

Avaya announced it has joined the Symbian Platinum Program to support the fast growing market for Symbian OS smartphones.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications software, systems and services, today announced it has joined the Symbian Platinum Program to support the fast growing market for Symbian OS smartphones. As a Platinum Partner, Avaya broadens its portfolio of enterprise mobility solutions by extending its Internet protocol (IP)-based MultiVantage Communications Applications to the Symbian OS ecosystem.

Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the operating system that powers the most popular smartphones, to the world's leading handset manufacturers. In 2004, close to 14.4 million Symbian OS smartphones were sold worldwide and close to 25 million have been sold to date. By 2008, IDC predicts that more than 130 million smartphones will be selling worldwide each year, representing 15% of the overall mobile phone market.1

Through this partnership, Avaya will develop applications that deliver advanced enterprise telephony and collaboration capabilities to Symbian OS smartphones, including phones manufactured by Nokia, Samsung, Panasonic and others as part of their enterprise telephony solution.

The first example of this was announced today via a separate news release. This highlighted the addition of the Avaya MultiVantage Communications Applications to the Symbian OS-based Series 60 mobility platform developed by Nokia.

Avaya enterprise mobility solutions help organizations extend Avaya's suite of IP communications applications over any network to workers on the move anywhere around the world. As part of this, Avaya brings an integral mobility feature to the partnership via Avaya Communication Manager, the company's IP-based communications software extending full business telephony capabilities to mobile users. Avaya Communication Manager, part of the company's IP-based MultiVantage Communications Applications suite, greatly enhances the productivity and experience of Symbian OS smartphone users. The software enables the extension of popular office phone features, including call conferencing, transfer, directory look-up and abbreviated dialing, directly to Symbian OS smartphones, via an easy-to-use menu feature.

Geoffrey Baird, vice president and general manager, Communication Appliances pision at Avaya, said, "By delivering new enterprise telephony capabilities to the Symbian OS, Avaya will enable businesses to optimize a new generation of IP-based applications that increase productivity for mobile workers, and put communications at the heart of a business. Today's announcement demonstrates Avaya's commitment to providing the broadest portfolio of enterprise communications solutions that help a mobile workforce be more effective and gain a competitive edge."

Simon Garth, vice president, enterprise marketing, Symbian, added, "By joining the Symbian Platinum Program, Avaya brings its extensive experience in enterprise IP telephony to the Symbian OS ecosystem and will further enhance the Symbian OS enterprise applications portfolio."

IP telephony is a software-based technology that uses IP to transmit voice as data, similar to e-mail, over a computer network. More enterprises around the world are rapidly adopting this technology, which helps increasingly distributed and mobile organizations easily and cost-effectively integrate advanced communications applications into a range of business processes.

About the Symbian Platinum Program
The Symbian Platinum Program includes companies that have a technology or strategic position that is key to the success of mobile computing technology surrounding Symbian OS. As part of the program, Platinum Partners benefit from a range of commercial services, including technical support and joint marketing opportunities as well as privileged access to Symbian OS source code and a dedicated Partner Support team. For more information please see www.symbian.com/partners/platinum.html

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 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

About Symbian Ltd.
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones.

Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world's leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have Symbian OS-based mobile phones in production and / or in development: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, LG, Lenovo, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Sharp, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2004, close to 14.4 million Symbian OS mobile phones were sold worldwide and close to 25 million have been sold to date.

Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe, Israel, Australia and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo). Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones.

For further information about Symbian please see www.symbian.com or e-mail press@symbian.com.

1http://www.symbian.com/press-office/2005/pr050202.html

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