Avaya Forges Alliance with Equant

PARIS and FRANKFURT, Germany - Avaya Inc. and Equant have formed a global strategic alliance to jointly deliver solutions that provide customers with IP communications.

As Avaya's global Strategic Alliance Partner for IP telephony and IP contact center services authorized in all regions concurrently, Equant is delivering an integrated Avaya-based solution to its enterprise customers.

The first joint offering is a managed IP telephony communications solution designed specifically for multinational companies.

The new offer includes integrated lifecycle support from consulting to implementation and on-going managed services support.

Under the terms of the agreement, Equant is licensed to resell Avaya's portfolio of products as part of their Enterprise Telephony service in 95-plus countries. In addition, Equant will provide hosted IP communications services for selected customers based on Avaya technology.

Equant also selected Avaya as a key partner to fulfill the company's multi-vendor strategy for voice services.

The partnership builds on a relationship that began in March 2004 when Equant began working with Avaya to develop an interoperable service based on Avaya Communication Manager and Equant's VoIP VPN service architecture.

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