Avaya Joins the Open Visual Communications Consortium

20 May 2013
  • Video industry stalwart to contribute interoperability expertise, delivering on promise of fully interoperable video for inter-company communications
Santa Clara, CA– Avaya announced today it has joined the Open Visual Communications Consortium™ (OVCC™), the organization that enables service providers to deliver a consistent visual communications experience to enterprise customers across networks and devices. As part of the OVCC group, Avaya will help develop guidelines for interoperable, inter-company B2B communications. 
Avaya delivers standards-based video collaboration on its Avaya Aura platform as well as traditional video conferencing through its acquisition of Radvision, which has been providing open, interoperable IP-based video solutions for more than 20 years. In addition, Avaya offers Collaborative Cloud enablement solutions for service providers, and Scopia video solutions are at the core of many video-as-a-service (VaaS) offerings and VNOC services.
As a leading provider of real-time enterprise collaboration solutions, Avaya will actively participate in the technical activities of the OVCC as well as provide its expertise in the areas of video software and hardware interoperability, call control platforms, and session border control. By joining the consortium, Avaya experts will help deliver better multivendor interoperability and performance and help protect the investments customers have already made in video technologies. 
OVCC members are creating expansive visual and collaborative communication opportunities to deliver video as the new voice. The world’s most influential global and managed service providers offer enterprise users a consistent experience with services easy enough to use everyday.
Executive Quotes:
"We are pleased to welcome Avaya, whose membership signals its commitment to growing the overall visual and collaborative communications market and connecting video calls as effortlessly as connecting a mobile call. Avaya and more than 30 other OVCC members have joined the consortium to answer market needs and opportunities for their customers that can only be addressed with a quality-assured global service delivery network open to any service provider, managed service provider and device maker."
--Andrew McFadzen, President, OVCC
"Avaya has a rich heritage of actively participating in industry standardization bodies and consortium activities as a way to help ensure that our products meet customer needs and applicable requirements, and also to better align Avaya innovations and emerging, industry standards. We’re delighted to join the OVCC and help it deliver on its promise of enabling video collaboration across any network, vendor platform, and device."
--Gary E. Barnett, SVP and General Manager, Avaya
Cloud, hosted video, VaaS, VNCO, videoconferencing, interoperability
About OVCC
Open Visual Communications Consortium creates expansive visual and collaborative communication opportunities to deliver video as the new voice. The groundbreaking OVCC global service delivery network creates the technical and commercial framework for OVCC service providers to deliver consistent visual and collaborative communications experiences to enterprise users across networks, vendors and devices. OVCC members are global video exchange providers, network providers, manufacturers and solution providers dedicated to transforming everyday business communication from simple and reliable audio to simple and reliable video. For more information or to join the Consortium, visit www.ovcc.net. Open Visual Communications Consortium is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.
About Avaya:
Avaya is a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions, providing unified communications, contact centers, networking and related services to companies of all sizes around the world. For more information please visit www.avaya.com.
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Robin Raulf-Sager