Thursday, April 14, 2005

Distributel Licenses DCL's Messaging and Conferencing Technology

Distributel, a Canadian provider of competitive telecommunications services, has licensed both Data Connection's MailNGen platform for voicemail, email, fax and unified messaging and also Data Connection's MeetingServer platform for integrated audio/video/web conferencing. This gives Distributel a single source for two key services, both of which are becoming increasingly important differentiators in the hugely competitive telecommunications market.

MailNGen offers email, voicemail and fax, all through a single inbox. This allows Distributel to offer a full unified messaging service to customers, but also to offer different levels of service to different user groups. The system runs entirely on commodity hardware and using a server farm architecture that provides 99.999% availability and low-cost scalability.

MeetingServer provides a set of data and video conferencing features through an entirely web-based GUI, avoiding large downloads that are prone to failures. It is tightly integrated with the audio bridge that Distributel is using, allowing conference users to manage both the audio conference and the web conference through the same interface.

Using the Data Connection technology, Distributel is able to offer bilingual French and English versions of the GUIs and phone interfaces, as well as support both TDM and VoIP traffic.


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