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MHEC Chooses Alcatel-Lucent for VoIP-Based Communications

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July 02, 2009

MHEC Chooses Alcatel-Lucent for VoIP-Based Communications

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact reportedly has brought on Alcatel-Lucent as an approved vendor of voice and data networking solutions. With this, MHEC can open up new communications opportunities for its members, according to Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert).

Alcatel-Lucent plans to leverage its VoIP solutions in executing the project – specifically, the company plans to help educational institutions establish seamless contact among all campuses and reduce costs while doing so. Apart from consuming low volumes of power, the solution also caters to the bandwidth requirements of students and faculty on the campus.
The MHEC member state educational institutions get special pricing and packages by Alcatel-Lucent. One of only four such interstate compacts nationally; MHEC is the Midwest’s largest interstate resource-sharing commission for higher education. MHEC is in a position to negotiate favorable agreements with technology vendors by leveraging the combined volume of education organizations in MHEC member states.
“Alcatel-Lucent believes educational institutions can be more successful by linking their networks, people and processes to simplify communications, better engage students and secure their campuses,” said Helle Kristoffersen, vice president of vertical markets for Alcatel-Lucent. “Fundamentally, it’s about connecting knowledge in real time to differentiate the quality of education and the overall quality of the institution. As an approved vendor for MHEC, we are well positioned to help our customers.”
Alcatel-Lucent offers solutions that enable educational organizations to become more safe, secure, “green” and mobile. The company builds on its global expertise in communications network infrastructure and the innovative heritage of Bell Labs (News - Alert) to achieve this task. MHEC believes that this agreement is an opportunity for institutions to take advantage of the capabilities that advanced communications equipment and services can bring to the classroom.
The company recently announced that its newly launched Advertising Selection Server is now being used by E-Plus group (a member of the KPN group). Alcatel-Lucent announced that E-Plus is using the server for its mobile advertising offering through its subsidiary Gettings. This allows advertisers to deliver targeted mobile advertising campaigns to all customers of the E-Plus group in an opt-in model.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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