MANHASSET, N.Y. AT&T Inc. and Avaya Inc., a provider of business communications applications, systems and services, have announced a strategic global alliance to help businesses and government agencies migrate to voice over IP.
The alliance leverages AT&T’s industry-leading global IP network, network design and management expertise with Avaya’s (Basking Ridge, N.J.) enterprise IP communications technology to deliver end-to-end managed solutions from the wide area network to the IP phone on the desktop. The solutions provide comprehensive migration to IP telephony and the associated local area network (LAN) and wireless LAN infrastructure.
According to both companies, the alliance will give customers a single source for the seamless integration of IP-based voice and data networks worldwide. It will also provide flexibility and control to deploy IP telephony when and where it makes sense.
"VoIP has shifted from an emerging technology to a critical business solution," according to Paris Burstyn, Director at Yankee Group, in a statement. "We estimate the business VoIP market will grow at a CAGR of 31.4 percent to reach almost $3.3 billion in 2010. VoIP and IP telephony solutions appeal to businesses as they provide an excellent converged platform for voice and data, and improve the manageability of communications."
During the last few years, both companies have worked closely on designing and delivering IP telephony solutions. In 2003, AT&T announced interoperability of Avaya's IP telephony servers, gateways and MultiVantage software with AT&T’s global IP network and VoIP services. Avaya Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-enabled servers are completing interoperability testing as well.