Alcatel Unveils OmniPCX 4400

BOSTON (01/24/2000) - Alcatel SA today announced its North American entry into the enterprise voice market with its OmniPCX 4400 server and also said that it has formally competed its acquisition of U.S.-based software vendor Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories Inc.

The OmniPCX 4400 is an integrated communications server designed to handle voice, fax and e-mail. It is based on a client/server Unix architecture and the combination of Alcatel technology with technology from Packet Engines Inc. and Xylan Corp., two of Alcatel's recent acquisitions, according to Alcatel Telecom Executive Vice President Olivier Houssin, speaking on a conference call today.

Alcatel has invested more than $9 billion in acquisitions over the last 18 months, Houssin said.

The OmniPCX 4400 is designed to scale from 50 users to 50,000 users and offers one-number mobility, unified messaging, voice-over-IP networking with quality of service management features, and integrated voice and data network management, according to Alcatel.

On the Genesys front, Alcatel and Genesys executives said the California-based software maker will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary. Genesys will maintain its existing channel partnerships and be available to strike partnerships with other vendors besides Alcatel, they said.

Alcatel, in Paris, can be reached at +33-1-40-76-10-10 or on the World Wide Web at

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