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Lucent’s Enterprise spin-off unveils name (July 01, 2000)

The Enterprise Networks Group soon to be spun off from Lucent Technologies has been given an official name: Avaya."We chose a name that would set us apart and capture what we're doing with the company...


July 1, 2000  


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The Enterprise Networks Group soon to be spun off from Lucent Technologies has been given an official name: Avaya.

“We chose a name that would set us apart and capture what we’re doing with the company — focusing on communications solutions for business customers,” says Don Peterson, president and CEO. “Avaya sounds open and fluid- reflecting a company that’s open-minded and that provides seamless, effortless interconnections among people and businesses.”

According to the company, Avaya will focus on “enabling enterprises to succeed in the eBusiness age” by providing communications hardware, software and solutions. Lucent expects to complete the spin-off by the close of its fourth fiscal quarter of 2000, which ends September 30.

Separately, Avaya announced a global strategic alliance with Siebel Systems that includes joint development and integration of eBusiness solutions as well as joint marketing and sales teams.


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