Mitel and Marconi partner

JOHANNESBURG (03/24/2004) - Mitel Networks Corp., a global provider of business communications solutions, and Marconi Corp. PLC, a global telecommunications equipment, services and solutions company, have announced a partnership that aims to provide feature-rich, highly-scalable IP communications to enterprises.

The solution, which will lead to feature enhancements on Marconi's carrier class Softswitch, is designed to provide customers with high levels of choice and flexibility in the distribution of IP communications services, devices and applications using a mix of hosted, managed services and in-house deployment models, the companies say.

Large enterprises, using a hosted or Centrex service, have traditionally had limited access to cost-effective, advanced applications, such as teleworking, unified messaging, contact center applications, conferencing and collaboration solutions. Through the Marconi/Mitel agreement, it is expected that customers will benefit from solutions using open standards that bring hosted core and rich edge functionality together to deliver cost savings, employee productivity and enhanced customer service.

"This alternative solution seamlessly integrates best in class hosted and customer premise-based IP solutions to deliver new value and more choice to large enterprise customers," says Andy Bull, director for Mitel Networks SA. "Through our efforts with Marconi, we have completed the first step towards fulfilling our joint vision, by providing truly ubiquitous, open and cost-effective solutions for large enterprises," he states.

"The relationship with Mitel will enhance Marconi's commercial Softswitch proposal and will create a set of feature-rich IP applications that will enable users to take advantage of new and exciting IP services," says Martin Harriman, chief marketing officer at Marconi.

This collaborative endeavor utilizes the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), an open standard for establishing and managing multi-party, mixed-media communications sessions over converged networks, the companies say. The internet working and integration of a highly scalable Softswitch, with the rich features of an IP PBX, delivers a wide range of IP telephony features and innovative IP applications, the companies maintain.

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