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Avaya and G-NET Collaborate to Provide Managed Services for Converged Communications

09-06-2005

Avaya and G-NET, a leading provider of IT management and enterprise telephony services in China, announced they have commenced strategic collaboration to jointly provide managed converged communications solutions to enterprise customers, which will cover hardware, applications, and services.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, and G-NET, a leading provider of IT management and enterprise telephony services in China, today announced they have commenced strategic collaboration to jointly provide managed converged communications solutions to enterprise customers, which will cover hardware, applications, and services.

 

According to the agreement, G-NET will provide a "one stop" solution that covers design, installation and maintenance, and will bill the customer on a monthly fee basis. The collaboration will bring together Avaya's expertise in converged communications and G-NET's strong local market presence as a service provider, to enable enterprises, especially the small and mid-sized ones, to migrate to IP Telephony in a simple and cost-effective way.

 

More and more enterprises in China have realized the business values that converged communications can bring. According to global growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan, the total IP Telephony market in China for 2004 was valued at USD $75.2 million, and will reach USD $120.2 million in 2005.*

 

However, decisions to adopt IP Telephony are sometimes complicated by considerations on cost, maintenance and staff training. With the help of this joint initiative from Avaya and G-NET, Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) customers in China can easily enjoy leading communications applications without making big investments beforehand, and without managing the systems themselves.

 

Currently the scope of collaboration involves Avaya IP Office, an "all-in-one" office communications solution for small and mid-sized businesses that provides applications such as conferencing, contact centers and mobility. IP Office is easy to install and easy to manage with a unified operation interface available in Chinese. More than 48,000 IP Office systems have been shipped in the world up to now.

 

"Avaya is committed to bring intelligent communications to customers to help them grow revenue, reduce costs, and lower risks, in an efficient way," said Mr. Hua Li, China General Manager, Avaya SMBS Group. "The collaboration with G-NET will cater to the needs of local enterprises by offering them more options for the migration to IP Telephony, and enable them to benefit from Avaya's leading converged communications technology."

 

"Many of our customers are keen to benefit from leading converged technology in a simple way, and we are glad to collaborate with Avaya, the industry leader, to jointly provide this managed services offer, "said Mr. Chen Xuejun, General Manager, G-NET. "Based on our experiences in both IT and telecom sectors, we will be intent on providing converged communications solutions, applications and services on a data/voice converged network. This collaboration with Avaya is in line with our strategic direction, and in line with customer interests."

 

* Source: Frost & Sullivan research service, Strategic Analysis of the Asia Pacific Enterprise Telephony Market for CY2004.

 

About G-NET

G-NET Integrated Services Co., Ltd. (G-NET) is a leading service provider in China of enterprises level solutions covering IT network, security, telephony, and converged communications applications. Relying on rich experiences in both IT and telecom sectors, as well flexible business models, G-NET is committed to help enterprises gain competitive advantages from their IT and Telecom investment, and be successful in the era of New Economy.

 

For more information about G-NET, please visit http://www.gnetis.com.

 

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 or Avaya China Web site: http://www.avaya.com.cn.

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