8/7/2002 - NMS Communications is providing the telecommunications engine to Voice Mobility International, for its carrier-grade enhanced messaging systems. Voice Mobility chose NMS' system building blocks for its UCN 200 enhanced services platform that allows carriers to replace outdated voicemail legacy equipment and offer their subscribers new unified communications services, and replace legacy voicemail equipment at a significant reduction invoicemail operating costs.
Aliant Telecom, one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies, is the first to offer commercial unified communications solutions to its customers using Voice Mobility's UCN 200 platform. "Over the last four years we have used a variety of NMS voice platforms in production servers supplied by Voice Mobility," says Heinz Graef, e-Business service planner for Aliant Telecom. "Being an ILEC, reliability and stability are as important as functionality and feature set, and we have been very pleased in both regards."
Today's global wireless and wireline voicemail market consists of approximately 500 million mailboxes, with a growth rate in North America of 15 – 35% per year. This has left carriers with the challenge of keeping up with growth and offering their longtime customers new services while keeping operational costs at a minimum in this highly competitive market. Voice Mobility's UCN 200 promises to decrease carrier voicemail infrastructure costs by as much as 70 percent and increase revenue up to 20 percent. This is due in part to the open, scalable, and high-performance design of NMS' Convergence Generation (CG) 6500 and Alliance Generation (AG) 4000 development platforms.
"Voice Mobility has worked closely with NMS for more than four years in the design and development of our scalable carrier-grade enhanced messaging platform. Incorporating NMS' high call density into our product provides a key market differentiator," said Paul Weyer, Voice Mobility's director, development and technology. "The assistance and support we've received from NMS has proven very valuable in the creation and quick time-to-market of our high performance and high density solution. Integrys, NMS' Authorized Reseller in CanadaCanadian channel partner, has provided assistance in system integration, component analysis, and distribution, which has enabled Voice Mobility to enter markets and meet our clients' needs efficiently and effectively."
"Voice Mobility is addressing a critical need in the market that until now has been untouched – that of helping carriers transition get under from the relentless capital drain ofin legacy equipment that doesn't even meet the demands of subscribers today," said Gerrold Walker, vice president and general manager of NMS' Platform Solutions business. "We've developed our open and flexible platforms for these complex and challenging times. We anticipate global carriers will follow in the footsteps of Aliant and adopt Voice Mobility's solutionfor keeping service strong that enables service continuity for today's voicemail customers while providing a path for enhanced services offerings."
About Voice Mobility (www.voicemobility.com)
Voice Mobility International, Inc. is the developer of the Unified Communications software suite. The suite simplifies voice, fax and email messages by collecting them in a single mailbox where they can be stored, reviewed, redirected and managed using a personal computer, wireless device or telephone. The system converts all voice and fax messages to sound or image files that can be retrieved, listened to, or viewed using any email program or service. Voice Mobility's Unified Communications suite also includes a "Follow-me, Find-me" application that makes it possible for all voice, pager and fax calls to reach a user through a single number. Voice Mobility markets its software suite to telephone companies, Internet Service Providers, Competitive Local Exchange Carriers, Application Service Providers and Wireless Service Providers.
About Aliant (www.aliant.ca)
Aliant is a recognized leader in communications and information technology. From its headquarters in eastern Canada, Aliant develops pacesetting telecommunications technologies and commercializes them for customers, and for export through partners worldwide. Aliant complements its industry-leading telecommunications business with strengths in developing information technology and knowledge management applications. The company's 10,500 employees collaborate to deliver the highest quality of customer service, while consistently demonstrating innovative capabilities that drive growth in existing and new markets. Aliant is a TSX 100 company with a market capitalization of approximately $4 billion. With strong operations, and an equally strong financial position, Aliant offers investors sound growth prospects, while providing a growing sustainable dividend.
About NMS Communications (www.nmscommunications.com)
NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS) designs, delivers, and supports technology-leading systems and system building blocks for innovative voice, video, and data services on wireless and wireline networks. NMS products and services help the world's top communications equipment suppliers, solution developers, carriers, and network operators bring their applications and services to market faster and at lower costs.
Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, and with offices around the world, NMS has a rich history of technology innovations that advance the growth of the global communications industry. These achievements include the only voice quality enhancement software pairing noise reduction and compensation to create an optimal listening environment for both parties in a mobile phone conversation, the world's first complete open IP gateway, the first complete open packet media server, and the first complete open solution for voice applications and services.
NMS Communications and Convergence Generation are trademarks of NMS Communications Corporation. Alliance Generation is a registered trademark of NMS Communications Corporation.
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