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AVST, NEC Strengthen Unified Communications Market Position

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April 07, 2010

AVST, NEC Strengthen Unified Communications Market Position

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. "AVST (News - Alert)" has inked a long-term strategic technology deal with NEC Corporation of America"NEC."

As per the agreement, AVST's CallXpress Unified Communications (News - Alert) platform will be seamlessly integrated with NEC's world class IP telephony and UC solutions. Also, AVST will continue manufacturing, supporting and enhancing specific Active Voice product offerings for NEC (News - Alert), its channel partners and the independent Active Voice channel.

This mutually beneficial partnership will enhance the UC global footprint for both AVST and NEC. As Active Voice, a division of NEC will be integrated into AVST it will increase the latter's addressable customer base with a combined 140,000 systems sold worldwide, to date.

AVST is now offering to its customers a broader set of product offerings, access to additional distribution channels and expanded engineering resources for accelerated innovation.

NEC will benefit from the integration of its advanced solutions with AVST's CallXpress UC platform and expanded sales channel opportunities.

This strategic move clearly indicates the commitment of both companies towards delivering world class UC solutions for companies of all sizes.

Hardy Myers (News - Alert), president & CEO of AVST said that the extension of their relationship with NEC while maintaining their strong independent and interoperable product offerings is a positive step for both their customers and their channel.

'AVST has been a technology and distribution partner of NEC for many years,' said Ram Menghani, general manager, product management for NEC Corporation of America. 'The expanded technology relationship and the corresponding acquisition of Active Voice announced today reflect our strong mutual commitment to our customers and expanding NEC's global position in the UC market. We believe that this relationship will help accelerate the customer adoption of our mutual product offerings.'

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha's article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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