October 15, 2007 11:00 ET

AVST and Westcon Group Announce Distribution Relationship

AVST to Participate in OneVoice and ConvergencePoint Programs, Strengthening Programs; Bolsters Westcon Group's SMB-Focused Unified Communications Portfolio

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA and TARRYTOWN, NY--(Marketwire - October 15, 2007) - Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of unified communications solutions, has signed a global distribution agreement with Westcon Group, the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security, and mobility. AVST will be participating in Westcon Group's OneVoice and ConvergencePoint programs and Westcon resellers now have access to AVST's entire line of innovative unified communications solutions including its flagship product, CallXpress®.

Unified Communications (UC) is widely recognized as driving adoption rates in IP telephony. By arming themselves with the right mixture of products, resellers have an opportunity to dramatically increase their revenues in IP telephony as more and more end users move from traditional TDM lines.

The CallXpress platform delivers world-class call processing, voice messaging, unified messaging and advanced speech applications to any size small-to-medium business (SMB). The latest version of CallXpress provides IT managers with a choice of four unified messaging (UM) architectures based on the needs of their business, including server-based, client-based, secure and simplified architectures that can be mixed and matched depending on the requirement.

"By partnering with AVST, we are able to leverage their years of experience in UC to the benefit of our solutions programs, while creating a compelling SMB solution for our resellers," commented Anthony Daley, Executive Vice President of Westcon Group. "The CallXpress product line provides measurable business benefits and works seamlessly alongside the rest of our portfolio from Cisco, Avaya, Nortel and other products."

AVST recently introduced its enhanced line of pre-packaged solutions for the SMB marketplace labeled CallXpress Speed Bundles. Scaling from four to 16 IP channels or ports, the CallXpress Speed Bundles are designed and configured to interoperate with all of the leading brands of IP-PBX's and PBX's. All of AVST's analog and digital Speed Bundle configurations include a lifetime "future proofing" guarantee that provides an IP integration at no additional charge when a customer is ready to transition to one of the many industry-leading IP telephony solutions that AVST supports.

"Like AVST, Westcon has a long history of being first to market with the most advanced and innovative communications solutions, making this partnership a natural fit," said AVST's Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Mike Berlin. "Westcon Group's OneVoice and ConvergencePoint programs are the perfect environment where resellers can learn about unified communications, as well as our best-of-breed approach to products such as CallXpress."

The CallXpress product line is perfect for businesses that are looking to replace legacy voice mail systems with unified messaging, add speech solutions to replace touch tone automated attendant, deploy VoIP services, or looking to complete a full upgrade of existing installed telephony solutions.

Jim McKenna, vice president of Data-Com Telecommunications, Inc., a reseller serving the Northeast United States, added, "The combination of AVST's products and Westcon's solutions programs, such as OneVoice and ConvergencePoint, make it easy for us to offer groundbreaking UC solutions to our customers who are looking for better ways to communicate. We continue to look to Westcon Group for guidance and training on technologies such as this that will make us more competitive."

For more information on how to purchase AVST products from Westcon, please contact Dan Pirro, Westcon Group commercial sales manager at 514.420.541 /

About Westcon Group

Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility and convergence for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel and Avaya, Inc. Through its Westcon, Comstor and Voda One business practices, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit

About AVST

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a leading developer of communications solutions for businesses of all sizes. Through its world-class unified communications platform, CallXpress®, AVST offers the industry's most powerful suite of second generation communications solutions including voice messaging, unified messaging, fax, notification, and speech-enabled applications (including automated attendant and hands-free mobile worker access), and call processing (including embedded IVR).

The CallXpress unified communications platform is designed to facilitate the enterprise migration from legacy TDM call processing and voice mail solutions to IP-enabled unified communications by delivering the interoperability, scalability, feature depth and flexibility, and administrative capabilities that enterprise IT and Telecom teams are demanding.

Headquartered in Orange County, Calif., AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Wash. and the United Kingdom and has remote sales offices across the United States. With over 38,000 systems installed worldwide, AVST's unified communications solutions are sold and supported internationally by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. For more information contact Denny Michael, Vice President of Marketing, at 949.699.2300 or access the company's Website at

Contact Information

  • AVST Media Contact:
    Halie Schmidt
    Lages & Associates
    Email Contact

    Westcon Media Contact:
    Jeff Touzeau
    Westcon Group, Inc.
    Email Contact