Dobson Communications Selects Versera for GSM/GPRS Network
ATLANTA, GA - Glenayre Technologies Inc. announced that Dobson Cellular Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Dobson Communications Corporation (OTCBB:DCEL), has selected Glenayre's Versera Messaging platform, Unified Communications and Versera Voice Services solutions for its new GSM/GPRS network. Dobson, a provider of wireless telephone services to rural markets in the United States, will leverage Glenayre's Versera solutions to offer subscribers services that promote greater personalization, flexibility and communications choices. "Glenayre's Versera solutions bring a robust messaging platform and a series of compelling services to Dobson's much anticipated advanced wireless network," said Bill Edwards, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service for Glenayre. "Powerful voice and data solutions, including voice-controlled messaging and voice-activated dialing, will advance Dobson's next-generation wireless messaging capabilities. They can be seamlessly integrated with other valuable applications such as multimedia messaging and presence management technologies." "Dobson is fully committed to advancing wireless service technologies for subscribers in rural areas," said Tim Duffy, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Dobson Communications. "Glenayre's Versera solutions help us support customizable enhanced services, faster wireless data services and the convergence of voice and data applications in the new GSM/GPRS environment." Dobson has begun overlaying its network and that of its 50-percent owned subsidiary, American Cellular Corporation, with GSM/GPRS technology. The companies currently offer TDMA voice and data wireless services throughout their markets in 17 states, covering a population of approximately 11.4 million, and plan to add GSM/GPRS voice and data services in selected markets in early 2003. Glenayre's Versera solutions will enable Dobson to extend its brand through customizable voice greetings that welcome the subscriber to Dobson's network and unique visual graphics for data messaging applications. Glenayre's Versera solutions supply Dobson the platforms and services that provide a transition from voice to data applications: -The Versera Messaging platform is built to deliver any number of enhanced services, from a single platform. -The Versera Unified Communications suite allows subscribers to access their voice, fax and e-mail messages from any web, phone or keypad-enabled device. -With Versera Voice Services, subscribers can also use voice commands to retrieve and respond to messages, call a friend and manage their address books. Glenayre's Versera Solutions portfolio is built on the Versera Dynamic Architecture, an open, JAVA-based (J2EE) LINUX platform designed to be reliable and scalable for rapid deployment of a variety carrier-grade next-generation communications solutions.