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AVST and Westcon Group Announce Distribution Relationship

AVST to Participate in OneVoice and ConvergencePoint programs, Strengthening Westcon Group’s SMB-Focused Unified Communications Portfolio

Foothill Ranch, Calif. and Tarrytown, N.Y., October 15, 2007 – Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of unified communications solutions, has signed a global distribution agreement with Westcon Group, the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security, and mobility.  AVST will be participating in Westcon Group’s OneVoice and ConvergencePoint programs and Westcon resellers now have access to AVST’s entire line of innovative unified communications solutions including its flagship product, CallXpress®.

Unified Communications (UC) is widely recognized as driving adoption rates in IP telephony. By arming themselves with the right mixture of products, resellers have an opportunity to dramatically increase their revenues in IP telephony as more and more end users move from traditional TDM lines.

The CallXpress platform delivers world-class call processing, voice messaging, unified messaging and advanced speech applications to any size small-to-medium business (SMB). The latest version of CallXpress provides IT managers with a choice of four unified messaging (UM) architectures based on the needs of their business, including server-based, client-based, secure and simplified architectures that can be mixed and matched depending on the requirement.

“By partnering with AVST, we are able to leverage their years of experience in UC to the benefit of our solutions programs, while creating a compelling SMB solution for our resellers,” commented Anthony Daley, Executive Vice President of Westcon Group. “The CallXpress product line provides measurable business benefits and works seamlessly alongside the rest of our portfolio from Cisco, Avaya, Nortel and other products.”

AVST recently introduced its enhanced line of pre-packaged solutions for the SMB marketplace labeled CallXpress Speed Bundles. Scaling from four to 16 IP channels or ports, the CallXpress Speed Bundles are designed and configured to interoperate with all of the leading brands of IP-PBX’s and PBX’s. All of AVST’s analog and digital Speed Bundle configurations include a lifetime “future proofing” guarantee that provides an IP integration at no additional charge when a customer is ready to transition to one of the many industry-leading IP telephony solutions that AVST supports.

“Like AVST, Westcon has a long history of being first to market with the most advanced and innovative communications solutions, making this partnership a natural fit,” said AVST’s Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Mike Berlin.  “Westcon Group’s OneVoice and ConvergencePoint programs are the perfect environment where resellers can learn about unified communications, as well as our best-of-breed approach to products such as CallXpress.”

The CallXpress product line is perfect for businesses that are looking to replace legacy voice mail systems with unified messaging, add speech solutions to replace touch tone automated attendant, deploy VoIP services, or looking to complete a full upgrade of existing installed telephony solutions. 

Jim McKenna, vice president of Data-Com Telecommunications, Inc., a reseller serving the Northeast United States, added, “The combination of AVST’s products and Westcon’s solutions programs, such as OneVoice and ConvergencePoint, make it easy for us to offer groundbreaking UC solutions to our customers who are looking for better ways to communicate. We continue to look to Westcon Group for guidance and training on technologies such as this that will make us more competitive.”

For more information on how to purchase AVST products from Westcon, please contact Dan Pirro, Westcon Group commercial sales manager at 514.420.541 / dpirro@westcon.com.

About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility and convergence for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel and Avaya, Inc. Through its Westcon, Comstor and Voda One business practices, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit www.westcongroup.com.

About AVST

With more than 35 years of continuous innovation, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a trusted developer of software-based, enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) solutions. Our mission is to design, deliver and support communications solutions that transform the productivity of individual workers, teams and enterprises while leveraging the value of their existing and evolving IT infrastructure. Thousands of businesses worldwide rely on AVST's advanced voice, mobility, team communications and business process UC solutions to meet their mission-critical communications requirements. The world-class interoperability and flexibility of AVST's UC platform provides a future-proofed bridge to their digital future. Headquartered in Orange County, California, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Washington, Victoria B.C., Canada, the United Kingdom, and has remote sales offices throughout the United States. AVST's UC solutions are sold and supported worldwide by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. To learn more about AVST, our products and partners, please visit www.avst.com or you can follow us at Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

About XMedius

XMedius is a global leader in the field of enterprise communications solutions. Its suite of enterprise-grade on-premises and cloud communications solutions enable businesses to benefit from secure and unified communication as well as to exchange sensitive and confidential data that meets and exceeds industry regulatory compliance requirements. Based in Montreal (Canada) with offices in Seattle (USA) and Paris (France), the company serves businesses, enterprises and service providers through a global team of customer focused employees. Its solutions are deployed worldwide in over 17,500 locations across education, financial, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and legal services sectors. For more information about XMedius and its solutions, visit www.xmedius.com.


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