Verizon expands UC, collaboration tools with Cisco portfolio

Wed, 09/24/2008 - 8:15am
Traci Patterson

Verizon is expanding its suite of unified communications (UC) and collaboration tools based on the new Cisco collaboration portfolio, announced today (see “Cisco bows new collaboration platform for businesses”).

New services will include components of Cisco Unified Communications System Release 7.0 and Verizon-developed collaborative business applications based on Cisco's new WebEx Connect platform.

"Businesses of all sizes are looking for solutions that enable them to communicate better and collaborate more easily, and Verizon has the answers," said John Stratton, executive vice president and CMO for Verizon Communications. "Teaming with Cisco will help us further accelerate delivery of the latest technologies to the marketplace, enhancing our ability to help small to large businesses work smarter and meet their productivity goals."

Verizon will offer its large-business and government customers served by Verizon Business managed services support for Cisco Unified Communications Manager and Cisco Unified Contact Center, a suite of tools that integrate VoIP, instant messaging (IM), conferencing and contact center tools.

Verizon will also develop a customized business application based on the new WebEx Connect platform for its small- and medium-size business customers served by Verizon Telecom, the company said. The new services will be available in a few months.

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