Excel Switching and Brooktrout Change Company Name to Cantata Technology

Excel Switching and Brooktrout Technology, who combined operations in October 2005, have a new company name - Cantata Technology - accompanied by a corporate-wide re-branding initiative. Cantata Technology is a provider of standards-based enabling technology including media servers, media gateways and voice and fax platforms for the enterprise and service provider markets.

Cantata Technology is headquartered in Needham, Mass., with other offices in Belgium, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Canada, and Japan, and a worldwide network of distributors, systems integrators, and resellers. Cantata employs approximately 360 people worldwide. Cantata's products are deployed in enterprise and service provider networks in more than 80 countries, at companies such as Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Bank of America, Deutsche Telecom, and Alcoa.

Cantata Technology's product lines will be leveraging the familiar former company names. The Excel name will continue for many carrier products, the SnowShore name will be used for its IP Media Server, and the Brooktrout name will be used for the company's voice and fax enterprise products.

"Verizon Business encourages our vendors to be strong technology leaders and innovators," said Steve Smiley, director of Verizon Business IT Call Processing Infrastructure. "Verizon Business has worked with both Brooktrout and Excel in the past and has realized the value of their products and services. As the needs of communications service providers converge, the industry looks forward to companies such as Cantata Technology that will serve as providers of enabling technology for anytime, anywhere IP-based communications."

"The telecommunications industry is continuing to grow and evolve, and Cantata Technology has the experience, partnerships and product lines to support the needs of customers in any communications environment. The combination of Excel Switching and Brooktrout Technology results in a stronger player offering a more comprehensive set of solutions the market is demanding. Service providers and enterprises no longer have to shop around-all applications and services for any network environment can be fully supported by Cantata's technology. This is a company to watch," said Stéphane Téral, directing analyst, Service Provider Next Gen Voice and Mobile Core, Infonetics Research.

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