Thursday, November 18, 2004

Alcatel Acquires Right Vision

Alcatel will acquire privately held Right Vision, a European provider of software-based Internet appliances that provide Internet access, email and Web applications, as well as security and simplified management capabilities. Right Vision currently has 42 employees. The deal is expected to close in December. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Right Vision, which is based in Sophia-Antipolis, France, provides pure software solutions that run on industry standard server platforms, as well as packaged offerings that include standard hardware and software with support for both Microsoft and Linux environments. The company currently serves more than 5,000 SMB customers through indirect channels that include Hewlett Packard, NEC and ACER. Right Vision also has developed partnerships with leading service providers, including France Telecom, British Telecom, and Belgacom. The company was founded in 1999.

Alcatel is integrating Right Vision's solutions with its Alcatel OmniPCX Office communications server. Alcatel plans to deliver its first SMB offering that includes Right Vision in the first quarter of 2005. Further integration with the Alcatel OmniPCX Office range is planned for 2005 and beyond.

Alcatel said the acquisition of Right Vision supports its vision for delivering converged Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions that bring together IT and communications in "all-in-one" packages. Alcatel will target small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with these solutions, integrating voice, data and Internet functionalities into a single offering.


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