Sprint and Avaya Inc. have announced a joint agreement for development and delivery of hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony wireline and wireless services for the North American marketplace.
The agreement allows the companies to jointly develop, market and support new and differentiated VoIP services to business customers as a full-suite portfolio ranging from customer-premise solutions to network-based solutions.
‘Sprint and Avaya have a shared communications convergence vision,’ explained Randy Ritter, vice president of marketing for Sprint. ‘We chose Avaya based on its leadership in IP Telephony and business communications applications in addition to the value of its hosted solutions capabilities. The synergies in core competencies related to network-based IP services and applications represent a potent combination with significant customer benefits, both for network migration and IP enablement .’
‘The Sprint-Avaya partnership leverages the expertise of two market leaders to provide the end user with a single point of contact for enabling their IP telephony migration strategy,’ remarked Denzil Samuels, vice president and general manager of Avaya Global Managed Services Division. ‘Avaya is committed to providing enterprises with flexible ways to take advantage of the benefits and efficiencies of IP telephony. Coupling the strength of the Sprint global IP network and Avaya Hosted Solutions provides customers with access to advanced communications applications and services in a ‘pay as you go’ model. ‘
The first offer the companies will deliver is Sprint Hosted MessagingSM, which is anticipated to be available in the fourth quarter of 2005, followed in 2006 with Hosted IP Telephony and Wireless Integration.
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