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Avaya Inc.
Industry Next Generation Communications
Predecessor Lucent Technologies
Founded 2000 (2000)
Headquarters Santa Clara, California, United States
Area served
Key people
Kevin J. Kennedy CEO
Products Next-generation customer engagement, team engagement, fabric networking, services and cloud solutions for small, midsize and enterprise business

$4,371 million (FY 2014)

(FY 2014)[1]
$197 million (FY 2014)[2]
$ 298 million (FY 2014)[2]
Total assets $7,234 million (FY 2014)[2]
Number of employees
13,122 (Sep 2014)[3]
Subsidiaries Avaya Government Solutions
Website .comavaya

Avaya Inc. () is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California that provides multi-channel business communication solutions for customer and team engagement.[4]

Avaya currently services more than 95% of the

  • Official website

External links

  • David Rohde (July 3, 2000). "Lucent spinoff Avaya plays to its strengths". Network World. Retrieved March 2012. 
  • Jeffrey Burt (March 15, 2012). "Avaya to Buy Radvision, Ramping Competition with Cisco". eWeek. Retrieved March 17, 2012. Avaya, after months of speculation, is buying Radvision 

Further reading

  1. ^ "Avaya, FY 2014 Financial Results" (PDF). Retrieved Jan 16, 2015. 
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  3. ^ "SEC filing Sept 2013". SEC. 
  4. ^ / "company overview" (PDF). Avaya. 
  5. ^ "Office locations by Country". Avaya. 
  6. ^ a b "The Avaya Story". Retrieved Jan 21, 2015. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Avaya, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Nov 1, 2007" (PDF). Retrieved Jan 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Investment Firms Pick Up Avaya For $8.2 Billion". June 5, 2007. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  10. ^ "Avaya Leadership". Retrieved Jan 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ Julianne Pepitone (June 9, 2011). "Avaya files for $1 billion IPO". CNN Money. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Avaya, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Oct 4, 2011" (PDF). Retrieved Jan 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ Larry Hettick (October 4, 2011). "Avaya acquires Sipera". Network World. Retrieved Oct 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Aurix Acquired by Avaya". Yahoo!. 
  15. ^ "Avaya, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Jun 6, 2012" (PDF). Retrieved Jan 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ "RADVISION Acquired By Avaya". Radvision. Retrieved 4 Sep 2012. 
  17. ^ Shoshanna Solomon (15 March 2012). "Avaya Agrees to Acquire RadVision for About $230 Million". Business Week. Retrieved 4 Sep 2012. 
  18. ^
    • James Emmett (December 1, 2011), Sochi 2014 signs telecoms supply deal, Sports Pro Media, retrieved January 3, 2011 
    • Abdul Rahim (December 7, 2011), Sochi 2014 Announces Its Supplier of Network Equipment, The Olympics Sports, retrieved Jan 3, 2011 
  19. ^ "Avaya Acquisitions". Retrieved Jan 22, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Nortel Networks, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Sep 14, 2009" (PDF). Retrieved Jan 19, 2013. 
  21. ^ Sean Michael Kerner (September 14, 2009). "Avaya Closes Nortel Enterprise Deal for $900M". internetnews. Retrieved Feb 16, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Avaya Worldwide Locator". Retrieved Aug 18, 2011. 
  23. ^ "IAUG". Retrieved Jan 30, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Avaya Leadership". Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Avaya Professional Credential Program". Avaya Learning. Retrieved Nov 9, 2014. 
  26. ^ "PEC Solutions Inc.". Washington Post 200PEC Solutions Inc. 2005. Retrieved Apr 1, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Nortel Completes Acquisition of PEC Solutions, Inc.". Business Wire. June 7, 2005. Retrieved Apr 1, 2011. 
  28. ^ Witte, Griff (April 27, 2005). "Nortel to Buy PEC Solutions For $448 Million". The Washington Post. 
  29. ^ "Nortel PEC Solutions Renamed Nortel Government Solutions". Nortel. January 18, 2006. Retrieved Apr 1, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Avaya/Nortel combination aims for greater growth". Nortel. Dec 21, 2009. Retrieved Jan 11, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Who We Are". Avaya Government Solutions. Retrieved Apr 1, 2011. 
  32. ^ Avaya Closes Nortel Enterprise Deal for $900M "Avaya Closes Nortel Enterprise Deal for $900M" . Internetnews. Sep 14, 2009. Retrieved Feb 26, 2011. 
  33. ^ "List of Patents that have Issued to the Nortel Family of Companies" (PDF). Nortel. Retrieved Feb 26, 2011. 
  34. ^
    • "Routed split multilink trunking". Retrieved Feb 23, 2011. 
    • "Routed split multilink trunking United States Patent Application 20050007951". Retrieved Feb 26, 2011. 
  35. ^ "System, device, and method for improving communication network reliability using trunk splitting". Retrieved Feb 26, 2011. 
  36. ^
    • "Distributed multi-link trunking method and apparatus". Patentstorm. Retrieved Feb 26, 2011. 
    • "Distributed Multi-link Trunking Method And Apparatus – Patent 6496502". Retrieved Feb 26, 2011. 


See also

  • US20050007951 – Routed split multilink trunking[34]
  • 7173934 – System, device, and method for improving communication network reliability using trunk splitting[35]
  • 6496502 – Distributed multi-link trunking method and apparatus[36]
  • 7068641 – UNIStim

Avaya bought Nortel Enterprise and acquired its patents, including the following:[32][33]


In 1985, Performance Engineering Corporation (later PEC Solutions Inc.) was formed to offer technology services government customers.[26] On June 6, 2005, Nortel Networks Inc. completed the acquisition of PEC Solutions, Inc. to form Nortel PEC Solutions Inc.[27][28] On January 18, 2006, Nortel PEC Solutions was renamed Nortel Government Solutions.[29] On December 21, 2009, Avaya acquired Nortel's government business as part of Nortel's asset sale.[30][31]

Government business

Avaya sponsors training programs for IT professional certifications and training for use of Avaya's products.[25] Global Knowledge is the world's largest Authorized Avaya Learning Partner with training provided by highly skilled and experienced instructors on Avaya unified communications, including Communication Manager, Communication Server 1000 (CS 1000), IP Office, and Session and System Manager, as well as Avaya Contact Center, Messaging, and networking solutions.


  • Kevin J. Kennedy - President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Pierre-Paul Allard - Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales and President Global Field Operations
  • Gary E. Barnett - Senior Vice President & General Manager, Engagement Solutions
  • Jim Chirico - Executive Vice President, Business Operations
  • Fari Ebrahimi - Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
  • Amy Fliegelman Olli - Senior Vice President & General Counsel
  • Roger Gaston - Senior Vice President, Human Resources
  • David Gudmundson - Vice President, Segment Leadership Groups
  • Laurent Philonenko - Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development and Chief Technology Officer
  • Marc Randall - Senior Vice President & General Manager, Avaya Networking
  • Michael Runda - Senior Vice President and President, Avaya Client Services
  • Dave Vellequett - Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Jerry Glembocki - Senior Vice President, Quality Program Office


Avaya's headquarters are located at 4655 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, California. The company has offices located in over 145 countries worldwide.[22] The company also sponsors a users' group.[23]

Corporate information

Through Nortel's bankruptcy proceedings, certain assets related to their Enterprise Voice and Data business units were put up for auction. Avaya placed a $900 million bid and was formally announced as the winner of these assets on September 14, 2009.[20][21]

Purchase of Nortel's Enterprise Assets

Since 2001, the company has sold and acquired several companies to support its current product set, including VPNet Technologies, Inc., VISTA Information Technologies Inc., RouteScience, Tenovis, Spectel, NimCat Networks, Traverse Networks, Ubiquity Software Corporation, Agile Software NZ Limited, Konftel, Sipera, Aurix, Radvision and Esnatech.[19]


- Launch of Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California in 2015

- Official Supplier of Network Equipment for Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games[18]

- Avaya Fabric Connect supported the network backbone at InteropNet 2013

2013 and Later

On April 30, 2012 the shareholders approved the acquisition of Radvision by Avaya for about $230 million.[15][16][17]


In June 2011, Avaya filed with the SEC to raise up to $1 billion in an initial public offering.[11] On October 4, 2011, Avaya reported that it was acquiring Sipera Systems for its session border controller (SBC) functionality and UC security applications.[12][13] On October 19, 2011 it was reported that Avaya would buy Aurix.[14]


-Avaya Aura Contact Center was launched

-official converged network equipment supplier for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games


-Integrated communication offering Avaya Aura was launched -Nortel Enterprise Solutions was acquired


-Avaya Speech to Text let people read their voicemail messages on their mobile devices or computers
-Avaya Unified Communications focused on role-based communications needs for teleworkers, home agents, enterprise and small business mobile workers, branch office integration, retail stores and branch banking
-Kevin Kennedy took over as the CEO and president of Avaya.[10]


On October 26, 2007 Avaya was acquired by two private equity firms, TPG Capital and Silver Lake Partners, for $8.2 billion.[8][9]


Going Private (2007-2012)

-Avaya Customer Interaction Suite based on End-to-end Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) support was launched -Introduction of Avaya Communication Manager 4.0

  • 2007

-Louis D'Ambrosio took over as the CEO and president of Avaya -Avaya one-X™ Quick Edition was launched based on the emerging SIP-based communications -FIFA™ World Cup games in Germany ran on Avaya communications Network

  • 2006
  • 2004- Avaya's Contact Center Express was launched as the first complete multimedia contact center solution designed solely for medium-sized businesses
  • 2003- Introduction of Avaya MultiVantage Communications Applications, integrated with Avaya Communications Manager

-Avaya IP Office, Avaya Unified Communication Center launched -Proposed "Converged Communications" roadmap focused on the crucial role applications would play in making communications an enabler of better business performance -Ran the communications networks for the FIFA™ World Cup games in Japan and Korea

  • 2002
  • 2001- Avaya Interaction Center for customer relationship management (CRM) debuted which enabled businesses to evolve multi-platform call centers to multimedia, multi-site contact centers.

Growth (2001-2006)

Many anecdotes and myths surround the origin of this name. The official statement at the time of announcement of the independent entity stated: “Avaya sounds open and fluid -- reflecting a company that’s open-minded and one that provides seamless, effortless interconnections among people and businesses."[7]

Origin of the Name

In 2000, Lucent's management decided to spin off this business, which was then known as its enterprise communications group for flexibility and accelerated innovation and improved operations.[6] Avaya Inc., with the stock symbol, AV, became an independent company and started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 2, 2000.

In 1995, the company that would become Avaya was a part of Lucent Technologies. Before that it had been a part of AT&T.[6]

Early years (until 2000)



  • History 1
    • Early years (until 2000) 1.1
      • Origin of the Name 1.1.1
    • Growth (2001-2006) 1.2
    • Going Private (2007-2012) 1.3
      • 2007 1.3.1
      • 2008 1.3.2
      • 2009 1.3.3
      • 2010 1.3.4
      • 2011 1.3.5
      • 2012 1.3.6
    • 2013 and Later 1.4
  • Acquisitions 2
    • Purchase of Nortel's Enterprise Assets 2.1
  • Corporate information 3
  • Leadership 4
  • Training 5
  • Government business 6
  • Patents 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • Further reading 10
  • External links 11

. Canada and United States (MEA); and the Africa, Middle East and Europe; Latin America, Caribbean; Asia Pacific [5]

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