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Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NWK) And BT Partner To Offer Simplified Unified Communications Solutions For Microsoft ® Lync 2010 Deployments

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Network Equipment Technologies announced it would be entering into a strategic partnership with BT. This initiative will serve to considerably simplify the deployment and installation of Microsoft Lync 2010, significantly reducing the time and effort required for service providers and large enterprises to implement advanced unified communications (UC) solutions. With the use of NET's Unified Exchange (UX) Series platform, BT will be capable of providing superior managed and professional solutions that enhance the performance of on-premise enterprise application systems.

"Businesses are seeking ways to reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve customer service. Being able to communicate and collaborate with anyone at any time, whether you are using phone, e-mail, application sharing, messaging or conferencing is key to achieving these goals," said Matthew Krueger, Vice President Business Development at NET. "The combined BT and NET solution offers customers an innovative option to the challenge of deploying UC and cloud-based managed services."

NET's UX Series cutting edge mediation platform is based on a modular 1U platform that was constructed for unified communications and enterprise session border controller applications. The UX Series session mediation platform makes the purchase of separate infrastructure components unnecessary, reducing both capital and operational expenses. The UX Series is qualified as an enterprise Survivable Branch Appliance for Microsoft® Lync™ 2010.

BT's Managed Lync solution delivers the convenience of originally separate technologies onto one platform without the need for an entirely new infrastructure. The partnership between NET and BT will strengthen BT's current global Managed Lync services. By merging voice and data communications onto a single platform, BT can offer customers higher efficiencies for their staff while also reducing the cost of call and data transmission and management.

"This initiative was designed to address the unique customer requirements for a Lync-based 'cloud' managed service," said Randy Schrock, Vice President, Corporate Alliances, BT Global Services. "We're excited to be able to introduce NET's UX Series products as part of our Microsoft Lync solution strategy in order to help our customers benefit from improved unified communications productivity at substantially lower costs. This initiative with NET expands both our professional and managed service solutions we offer to U.S. domestic customers and complements our global strategic approach by continuing to drive innovation and business value into our core network services."

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