REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Ubiquity Software, a subsidiary of Avaya Inc., and CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) today introduced a joint initiative to develop and deliver converged voice, video and data services over Next-Generation Networks (NGN). The outcome of this strategic reseller agreement will enable communications service providers and enterprises worldwide to launch converged services to consumers and corporate users quickly and seamlessly. Negotiations with the venture's first client, a top cable MSO with operations in North America, have been completed and development work is currently underway.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Ubiquity Software, a subsidiary of Avaya Inc., and CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) today introduced a joint initiative to develop and deliver converged voice, video and data services over Next-Generation Networks (NGN). The outcome of this strategic reseller agreement will enable communications service providers and enterprises worldwide to launch converged services to consumers and corporate users quickly and seamlessly. Negotiations with the venture's first client, a top cable MSO with operations in North America, have been completed and development work is currently underway.
Ubiquity and CGI through their IPCentricITy(TM) practice will jointly market and implement the Ubiquity Session Initiation Protocol Application Server (SIP A/S). CGI will lead the custom software application development and integration, leveraging its extensive network, billing and operational integration experience to reduce the time required to deploy these advanced applications on the Ubiquity SIP A/S platform. The Ubiquity SIP A/S enables the creation and delivery of converged voice, video and data services over Next-Generation Networks (NGN) including IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and PacketCable(TM) networks, enabling customers to deploy innovative services today while future-proofing these new application investments.
"We believe that CGI and Ubiquity are well positioned to assist our customers to more rapidly adopt next generation services," said Allison Mcafrey, vice president and IPCentricITy(TM) practice lead for CGI. "CGI's foundation applications, customization and integration capabilities, combined with Ubiquity's best-in-class SIP platform, allow our joint customers to speed time-to-market for next-generation services and maximize their return on investment."
"CGI's global footprint and recognized leadership in systems integration in the communications industry makes them a highly-complementary partner to Ubiquity, and a valuable resource to our mutual customers," said Ian McLaren, president and CEO of Avaya's Ubiquity Software subsidiary. "Together, CGI and Ubiquity offer a compelling solution – the intelligent communications platform and SIP applications expertise needed to meet the requirements for large scale deployments within complex networks and architectures. Our recent win in the cable MSO market is a testament to the reliability and value of our joint solution."
CGI has developed a suite of proof-of-concept applications for the Ubiquity SIP A/S that demonstrate a broad range of capabilities across fixed, wireless and converged networks. The CGI applications include:
— TV Manager — Find-me Follow-me — VIP Do Not Disturb — Presence Based Routing — Home Surveillance — Virtual Nanny (Dial-a-cam) — Cellular to VoIP Hot Transfer — Ring-Back Tones — Click-to-Dial
Ubiquity and CGI will both be exhibiting at the upcoming CableLabs(R) Summer Conference taking place August 5 – 8, 2007 at The Keystone Resort and Conference Center in Keystone, Colorado. The companies will be demonstrating the Ubiquity SIP Application Server (SIP A/S) and a selection of proof-of- concept applications that highlight the advanced capabilities of the SIP A/S as well as the innovative applications that will form the basis for next generation services. For additional information on the CableLabs Summer Conference, visit
The Ubiquity SIP Application Server (SIP A/S)
The Ubiquity SIP A/S is an "open", standards-based service creation platform that has been selected by carriers to enable the rapid development and deployment of a broad range of advanced communications services. SIP A/S is a high-performance software platform designed specifically for telecommunications applications to allow carriers to offer innovative voice, data, and video services. The SIP A/S offers a programmable, horizontal platform that makes it easy to add new features and applications to carrier networks.
IPCentricITy(TM) is CGI's vision and action plan for the future of the communications industry. It describes how the industry is changing and the challenges and opportunities these changes will present to customers. To fully understand and capitalize on the ramifications of IP technology, CGI has developed extensive capabilities for helping service providers move into the world of IP centric technologies.
About Ubiquity Software
Ubiquity Software, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avaya, Inc., is revolutionizing the communications marketplace with solutions that enable service providers to rapidly develop and deploy innovative revenue-generating services. Ubiquity offers a standards-based deployment and runtime platform, applications, and development tools for introducing converged IP-based voice, video and data services. The Ubiquity SIP Application Server (SIP A/S) is the most widely deployed, carrier-grade SIP A/S platform among the world's leading telecommunications carriers, and complemented by the Ubiquity SIP Service Oriented Architecture (SIP SOA), the industry's first SOA for real-time services. Through the Ubiquity Developer Network (UDN), Ubiquity partners with leading system integrators, network equipment vendors, ISVs, and developers to bring new communications solutions to a rapidly changing global market. Ubiquity Software has facilities in Cardiff, Wales, Ottawa, Canada and Redwood City, CA, with sales offices across EMEA, North America, Japan and China. For more information, visit http://www.ubiquitysoftware.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,500 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at $3.7 billion (US$3.5 billion) and at June 30th, 2007, CGI's order backlog was $12.4 billion (US$11.6 billion). CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
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