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Avaya

Avaya Inc. TypePrivate Founded 2000 Headquarters Basking Ridge, NJ, USA Key people Louis D'AmbrosioCEOIndustryTelecommunicationsProductsBusiness Telecommunications Equipment Revenue$5.279 billion USD(FY2007) Employees18,000 WebsiteUSA [1]
UK [2]
Israel [3]

Avaya Inc. is a privately held telecommunications company which specializes in enterprise telephony and call center technology. Formerly the Business Communications unit of Lucent Technologies, it was spun off on October 1, 2000 with 34,000 employees.

Since the spin-off, Avaya has sold its manufacturing and connectivity businesses and acquired several companies to support its current product set - Vista, VPNet. Quintus, Routescience, Nimcat Networks, Spectel, Ubiquity Software and Traverse Networks. Sales through channels have grown from 98% direct to 50% alternative channels.

Avaya has also expanded in Europe through the acquisition of Tenovis and in Asia through a majority interest in Tata Telecom (now Avaya Global Connect).

It has approximately 18,000 employees as of 2008, 40% of whom are located outside the US. The Avaya global headquarters is located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Louis D'Ambrosio is the CEO.

Avaya was the official Converged Communication Provider for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It also provided the communications networks for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003.

On October 26, 2007 Avaya was acquired by two private equity firms, TPG Capital and Silver Lake Partners, for $8.2 billion.[1] As a result of this transaction Avaya became a privately held company, no longer traded on any stock market. On November 9, 2007, the firms completed their buy-out and Avaya shareholders received $17.50 per share of owned common stock.

Western Electric roots

Since Avaya is a company spun off from Lucent Technologies, itself a spinoff of AT&T, Avaya continues to sell and support well-known telephone models for businesses that were made popular in the heyday of the Bell System, including the 2554 wall phone, and the 2500 series desk phone, both popular Western Electric models.[2]

Avaya telephone production at the Shreveport Works, a former Western Electric pay phone plant, ceased in 2001. All of Avaya's telephones are made outside the U.S. by contract manufacturers such as Celestica.

Much of Avaya's product and customer set today can be traced back to its AT&T legacy where it formed part of AT&T Network Systems.[3] Being formerly part of AT&T and Lucent Technologies, it is known to be a phone producing company with the oldest, most widespread roots known today, supplying products to over a million companies worldwide including over 90% of the Fortune 500 companies..

References

  1. ^ Investment Firms Pick Up Avaya For $8.2 Billion
  2. ^ Avaya Expands Mobile Capabilities
  3. ^ Avaya GlobalConnect In Pact With TCCS

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v • d • eSpinoffs of American Telephone & Telegraph

1956: Bell CanadaNorthern Electric

1984 divestiture: Ameritech • Bell Atlantic • Bell Communications Research • BellSouth • NYNEX • Pacific Telesis • Southwestern Bell • U S WEST

1996: Lucent Technologies • NCR

1997: AT&T Submarine System, sold to Tyco International

2001: AT&T Broadband • AT&T Wireless

Second-Generation Spinoffs

AT&T Consumer Lease Services • Advanced American Telephones • Agere Systems • AirTouch • Avaya • Dex MediaIdearcMediaOne GroupNorthern New England SpincoR. H. Donnelley Publishing & Advertising of IllinoisTelcordia Technologies • Teradata

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