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Avaya acquires Ottawa-based Nimcat Networks

Avaya Inc. announced today it has purchased Nimcat Networks, a developer of embedded, peer-to-peer IP communication...


September 19, 2005  


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Avaya Inc. announced today it has purchased Nimcat Networks, a developer of embedded, peer-to-peer IP communications applications software, for $46 million.

Nimcat Networks’ IP communications software, currently called nimX, is designed to be embedded within enterprise IP phones.

According to Avaya, embedding communications intelligence directly in the endpoints rather than the network will enable enterprises to implement streamlined peer-to-peer IP communications quickly and cost-effectively.

Avaya said it expects the acquisition to be one cent dilutive in the company’s fourth fiscal quarter, primarily related to approximately $3.2 million of in-process research and development costs.

Research and development plans include incorporating Nimcat Networks software into Avaya IP telephony offers. This process is expected to take up to 12 months, after which Avaya will release its first integrated Nimcat Networks-based product.

The nimX plug-and-play software from the Ottawa company includes voice mail, conferencing and auto-attendant, and is based on the Session Initiation Protocol.

“The addition of Nimcat Networks’ capabilities is another step in our plan to make intelligent communications applications available to all customers regardless of size,” said Mike Thurk, group vice president of Avaya’s global communications solutions group. “Peer-to-peer technology is an important emerging communications architecture.

“When (it) is integrated with the rest of enterprise networks, businesses will be able to select communications applications to match the right level of functionality and cost to address the needs of different locations.”