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Avaya and Research In Motion to Extend IP Telephony Applications toBlackBerry on WLAN

06-15-2005

Avaya and Research In Motion have announced plans to extend Avaya secure enterprise communications applications to the BlackBerry® platform over wireless local area networks (WLAN) using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).Avaya Inc. [NYSE:AV], a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, and Research In Motion [NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM], a global leader in mobility solutions, have announced plans to extend Avaya secure enterprise communications applications to the BlackBerry® platform over wireless local area networks (WLAN) using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).

click to enlargeAvaya and RIM are in the final stages of VoIP interoperability testing for the Avaya Converged Communications Server and the BlackBerry 7270 Wireless Handheld™ for WLAN. This will enable broad compatibility between the BlackBerry 7270 and Avaya's family of IP-enabled communications solutions utilizing SIP-based IP Telephony. Enterprises will be able to increase productivity by reducing decision cycle time and improve customer service by making personnel more readily available. A preview of the Avaya/RIM solution is on display at the International Association of Avaya Users (InAAU) annual meeting this week in Seattle.

"Working with RIM, an industry leader in mobile solutions, enables Avaya to accelerate the deployment of applications that can help businesses move to a new level of intelligent communications, a way to dynamically link communications and business processes anytime, anywhere," said Geoffrey Baird, general manager and vice president, Avaya Communications Appliances pision. "This marks another important step in Avaya's plan to help businesses take advantage of the benefits of mobility by extending the bridge between the fixed and wireless worlds."

"Avaya and RIM have complementary strategies for strengthening the links between business communications applications so that campus workers and customers can communicate more effectively," said Larry Conlee, COO at Research In Motion. "We look forward to moving ahead with the introduction of new, standards-based solutions that will help revolutionize the way people work within the enterprise."

Future development will focus on integrating Avaya communications applications more tightly with the business process applications that are supported on BlackBerry, such as sales force automation tools, to further empower on-campus workers to make decisions quickly and serve customers effectively. This collaboration will allow workers to use familiar desktop telephony features such as call hold, forward and transfer, forward and transfer to consult with subject matter experts and look up information to serve customers on the spot, regardless of where they are working in the enterprise.

SIP is the underlying technology standard for collaborative communications in the enterprise including IP-telephony, instant messaging and conferencing.

The BlackBerry 7270 works with BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ v4.0 and BlackBerry MDS™ to provide secure, push-based integration with corporate email and data applications and supports IP telephony that can extend desktop business phone applications to wireless handheld devices.

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 Research in Motion
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

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