Avaya nabs $60m News Corp global networking deal

Avaya Communications has won a two-year, $60 million global networking solutions agreement with News Corporation.

The Lucent spin-off said it will implement solutions from its range throughout News Corp, namely its Enterprise Class IP Solutions (ECIPS) through voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), voice switching systems and messaging applications.

News Corp's chief information officer and senior vice president, Loran Fite, said the company had long been trying to migrate its systems into a single corporate infrastructure, and Avaya was the only vendor offering the technology and know-how to standardise, integrate and communicate across News Corp's many business groups.

Fite added that by leveraging Avaya's technology, the arrangement will reduce costs tied to managing multiple platforms.

In order to create a communications network that would link News Corp's five main business centres of Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, London and Hong Kong, Avaya developed a global voice and messaging network, which according to the vendor is based on its asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology.

The News Corp deal is the company's second encounter with the media giant, building on a February win with News subsidiary British Sky Broadcasting, under which Ayaya supplied call routing and interactive voice response systems to the broadcaster.

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