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MITEL PARTNERS WITH IBM TO PROVIDE VOICE AND DATA PRODUCTS

Ottawa, Ontario -- IBM and Ottawa-based Mitel Networks are teaming up to offer voice and data products to the small...


May 24, 2002  


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Ottawa, Ontario — IBM and Ottawa-based Mitel Networks are teaming up to offer voice and data products to the small business market.

The companies are partnering to provide a new system that combines a Mitel IP communications system, local area network, IBM servers running Linux, and a suite of intuitive desktop devices, applications and services.

The system, which is said to require little or no IT expertise to install or operate, can be centrally managed by Mitel with applications downloaded to customers’ premises. Customers accessing the system through telecom service providers can also choose “rent-to-own” options.

“In establishing industry leadership in IP communications it is imperative to go-to-market with best-in-class companies and deliver further value to the end user,” said Don Smith, CEO of Mitel.

Targeting companies with up to 50 employees or companies with similar-sized remote or branch offices, the system will be distributed via telecom service providers and IBM’s and Mitel’s worldwide reseller channels. Bell Canada is the first telecom service provider to pilot the new system.


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