BellSouth adds Avaya, wins Florida state contract

BellSouth this week said it will resell Avaya's IP telephony products to businesses.

Avaya is the third VoIP vendor BellSouth supports under its managed IP telephony services portfolio. The other two are Cisco and Nortel. BellSouth serves as a single point of contact to address the telephony, messaging and contact center requirements of businesses using the three vendors' VoIP products.

BellSouth will market and sell Avaya's MultiVantage Communications Applications; MultiVantage Express; IP Office; one-X Mobile, Desktop and Deskphone editions; and Professional and IP Support Services.

Separately, the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) has awarded a BellSouth-led team -- BellSouth, Embarq, Hayes Government Systems and Juniper -- a contract to provide improved data network services for state government and eligible users, including Florida's county and city governments, school districts, universities and community colleges, and nonprofit organizations. The MyFloridaNet contract is worth US$175 million over five years.

MyFloridaNet will let users communicate with each other over a private, dedicated network. It will be offered by the Enterprise Information Technology Services program within DMS. MyFloridaNet will save Florida US$64 million over the next five years by eliminating the multiple vendors currently providing Florida's data networking services, said Governor Jeb Bush in a statement.

MyFloridaNet will replace the state's current systems with fiber optics, improved security and vendor performance-measurement tools, DMS says. The BellSouth team was selected from three teams in the final negotiations.

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