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Avaya Buys Sweden-Based Telepresence Provider Konftel

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January 05, 2011

Avaya Buys Sweden-Based Telepresence Provider Konftel

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Avaya, a major player in business collaboration systems, software and services, has acquired Sweden-headquartered Konfte.

Officials with Avaya said that the company paid about $15 million to buy Konftel (News - Alert), a conference telephone maker.

Konftel provides high-definition audio collaboration devices that range from desktop telepresence units to conference room systems to large auditorium implementations.

The acquisition is expected to enrich Avaya’s (News - Alert) desktop to conference room audio collaboration portfolio and also gives the company an access to a breadth of technologies and capabilities, including Konftel's OmniSound technology, which provides favorable audio performance in collaborative environments.

"The acquisition of Konftel represents a logical step in Avaya's drive to lead in business collaboration," said Alan Baratz, senior vice president and president of Global Communications Solutions of Avaya, in a statement.

Baratz said that Konftel's audio conferencing product portfolio and its OmniSound technology will be key elements of the company’s continued innovation in audio and video solutions, including the recently announced Avaya Flare Experience.

"We are excited by this chance to take Konftel's innovative technology to the next level by joining Avaya, a global leader in business collaboration," said Peter Renkel (News - Alert), CEO of Konftel.

Renkel said that the company sees a host of opportunities to create significant business and customer value by combining businesses and continuing the company’s drive for innovation.

Konftel is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avaya.

Back in December, Avaya announced new capabilities and customers for Avaya Agile (News - Alert) Communication Environment (ACE), Avaya's software solution for embedding real-time communications into business applications.

Officials with Avaya said that using Avaya ACE, organizations across industries are finding it easier to create communications-enabled business processes (CEBP) that streamline business collaboration, speed workflows and reduce costs.

Company officials claimed that Avaya ACE can reduce development times for CEBP solutions by as much as 80 percent over traditional CTI (News - Alert) methods. Programmers with limited communications expertise can easily embed real-time communications in business applications and workflows using Avaya ACE's Web Services, open standards and packaged applications, and can use virtually any modern development environment to build applications that integrate with communications systems from a variety of vendors.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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