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AVST and NEC Ink Long Term Strategic Technology Relationship

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April 08, 2010

AVST and NEC Ink Long Term Strategic Technology Relationship

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies and NEC (News - Alert) Corporation of America have announced a long-term strategic technology relationship for the integration of Active Voice, a division of NEC, into AVST (News - Alert).

Irving, Texas-based NEC is a provider of IT, network and communications products and solutions for service carriers, while Orange County, Calif. based AVST is a developer of Unified Communications (News - Alert) (UC) solutions.

The newest agreement calls on the seamless integration of AVST's CallXpress Unified Communications (UC) platform with NEC's IP telephony and UC solutions.

As part of the agreement, AVST will continue manufacturing, support and enhance specific Active Voice product offerings for NEC, its channel partners and the independent Active Voice channel.

This relationship is expected to increase the global footprint of both companies for UC. Moreover, the addition of the Active Voice division "significantly" increases AVST's addressable customer base with a combined 140,000 systems sold worldwide, to date, said company officials.

Additionally, AVST believes that the integration expands its position in the UC marketplace with a broader set of product offerings, access to additional distribution channels and expanded engineering resources for accelerated innovation.

"Extending our relationship with one of the most prestigious global UC solution providers in the market while maintaining our strong independent and interoperable product offerings is a positive step for our customers and our channel," said Hardy Myers (News - Alert), president and CEO at AVST.

The integration of Active Voice team and its products into AVST will enable the company to extend its global reach and accelerate its position in the UC market, Myers said.

For NEC, the partnership provides integration of its advanced solutions with AVST's CallXpress UC platform and expanded sales channel opportunities.

"The expanded technology relationship and the corresponding acquisition of Active Voice announced today, reflects our strong mutual commitment to our customers and expanding NEC's global position in the UC market," said Ram Menghani, general manager for product management at NEC.

Menghani believes that this relationship will help accelerate the customer adoption of the companies' mutual product offerings.

Both companies did not disclose the terms of the agreement.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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