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Avaya Selects Broadcom’s VoIP Chips to Power IP Deskphones

Enterprise telecom equipment maker, Avaya, has decided to use Broadcom’s VoIP chips in two of its award-winning lines of one-X Deskphone IP telephones.

Avaya’s 9600-series one-X Deskphones will leverage Broadcom’s most advanced VoIP solutions to deliver full-featured IP phones for enterprise customers, while the company’s 1600-series models will utilize a lower-end Broadcom VoIP solution to deliver cost-efficient IP communications functionality and satisfy a variety of business needs.

“Broadcom’s expansive VoIP portfolio and unique integration capabilities helped us to quickly build an entire line of IP phones for a variety of enterprise and small business customers,” commented the director of Avaya’s Communications Appliances Division, Paul Weismantel. “As more small businesses transition to IP telephony and their larger companies deploy Gigabit IP networks, our Avaya one-X Deskphone line will serve the broad needs of each of these growing markets.”


December 12, 2007 Posted by | Telephone, VoIP | , , | Leave a comment

Vonage Expects to Settle AT&T Patent Lawsuit by Month’s End

Vonage has reached an “agreement in principle” to settle its intellectual property dispute with AT&T, the VoIP pioneer announced yesterday.

The deal under discussion would have Vonage pay $39 million over five years, in exchange for AT&T dropping its patent infringement lawsuit. Vonage would also agree to drop its counter suit against the telecom giant.

“We’re moving in the right direction with regard to AT&T and are focused on finalizing our agreement by the end of this month,” said Charles Sahner, a spokesman for Vonage. “We would like to be able to put AT&T behind us together with Verizon, Sprint and our other recent settlements.”

Vonage’s new strategy of settling patent infringement complaints has been a convenient and effective way of avoiding crippling injunctions against its technology, but it has also been very costly, cutting into the unprofitable company’s ever-dwindling supply of cash.

“The company’s cash requirements in the fourth quarter increased due to the release of $78 million of restricted cash to Verizon, an additional $2 million to Verizon, $40 million placed into escrow and reported as current restricted cash until the Verizon appeal is decided, $80 million to Sprint and $2 million in other IP litigation settlements,” the company said in its most recent financial statement.

December 7, 2007 Posted by | Business, Law, Telephone, VoIP | , , | Leave a comment