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Lucent Technologies and Polycom partner to deliver voice and video solutions to service providers and enterprises

  • 15 June, 2005 08:48

<p>Lucent to integrate Polycom voice and video systems into its industry-leading IMS solution and VoIP offerings; Lucent to resell Polycom IP phones</p>
<p>Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) and Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM) announced the two companies will collaborate on the delivery of IP (Internet protocol)-based voice and video conferencing and collaboration solutions and services for wireline and converged networks.</p>
<p>Under the agreements, Lucent will resell Polycom’s SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) SoundPoint® IP desktop and SoundStation® IP conference phones as part of its Voice over IP (VoIP) offerings for enterprises and service providers. In addition, the two companies will collaborate to deliver joint video conferencing and collaboration solutions supporting Lucent’s IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) solution. As part of this project the two companies also are working together on system integration, interoperability testing and joint marketing initiatives.</p>
<p>“We’re very pleased to be partnering with Polycom to deliver VoIP and IMS-based video solutions to operators and enterprises around the world,” said David Geary, vice president for Applications Solutions with Lucent’s Network Solutions Group. “Polycom offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive selections of IMS-capable IP phones and video infrastructure, making it an excellent partner to further enhance Lucent’s IMS solution.”</p>
<p>Lucent’s IMS solution is a service delivery platform that enhances the ability of service providers to simply and cost-effectively introduce new Value Over IP™, VoIP and multimedia services. It enables operators to deliver services that blend voice, video and data capabilities, simplifying the creation of converged “lifestyle” services. It also helps reduce the introduction costs and time-to-market for new services by leveraging a common applications infrastructure to deliver services with a common look and feel across a variety of network types, including wireline, wireless and converged networks.</p>
<p>Polycom is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications solutions and has the only end-to-end SIP solution for conferencing and collaboration, which includes industry-leading Polycom systems: SoundPoint IP desktop and SoundStation IP conference phones, VSX™ group and desktop video conferencing systems, and MGC™ voice and video multipoint bridges. The upgradeable phones offer rich feature support through a combination of intuitive hard and soft keys with a large graphical display.</p>
<p>“Our partnership with Lucent will help us to meet the demand from service providers for our award-winning SIP phones, as well as help us deliver joint VoIP and IP-based video conferencing and collaboration solutions to the marketplace,” said Hans Schwarz, senior vice president and chief systems architect for Polycom. “Lucent’s IMS expertise, growing VoIP momentum and extensive experience with next-generation network deployments make it an ideal choice as we extend our innovative new offerings to both new and existing customers.”</p>
<p>“Together, Lucent and Polycom are ideally positioned to offer advanced capabilities such as multi-party VoIP and video communications, as well as hosted and premises-based VoIP services,” Geary added.</p>
<p>About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximise the efficiency and productivity of people and organisations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With its market driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organisations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. The NASDAQ-listed company is based in Pleasanton, California, USA, and has Asia-Pacific offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. For additional information, visit the Polycom site at www.polycomasia.com or call 1800 355 355.</p>
<p>Polycom, the Polycom logo, SoundPoint and SoundStation are registered trademarks, and VSX and MGC are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2005, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.</p>
<p>About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, designs and delivers networks for the world's largest communications service providers. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent relies on its strengths in mobility, optical, data and voice networking technologies as well as software and services to develop next-generation networks. The company's systems, services and software are designed to help customers quickly deploy and better manage their networks and create new revenue-generating services that help businesses and consumers. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit its Web site at www.lucent.com <http:>.</http:></p>
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