British College Incorporates DiVitas Solution as Part of Mobile Convergence Plan

— October 09, 2007

DiVitas Networks Enables Complete Mobility Convergence for New College Durham's Unified Communications Implementation

CAMBERLEY, England--- DiVitas Networks™, the leader in mobilising business applications, announced that after extensive trials, New College Durham has embarked on a full deployment of the DiVitas MMC solution. As part of a fully integrated IP voice and data infrastructure deployed and managed by Telindus, an expert in delivering vendor-independent business and technology-focused network solutions and services, the DiVitas MMC solution was selected in order to improve communication among college staff, increase productivity, and reduce mobile call costs.

New College Durham, a mid-sized college with a student population of 16,000 and full-time staff of 500, selected the DiVitas solution to add the final mobility component to their Telindus-enabled Unified Communications strategy. As part of the Telindus managed infrastructure, the DiVitas solution provides seamless roaming between the college's Trapeze WiFi network and GSM networks. DiVitas is integrating with the college's existing Cisco Call Manager PBX to provide desktop applications such as messaging and calendaring to staff via Nokia dual-mode mobile handsets. Since many staff are not equipped with a PC or laptop, the Nokia handsets are their sole means of electronic communication.

"Increasing and encouraging more effective communications among senior staff while reducing call costs is critical to the college, and finding a mobility component that completes our Unified Communications strategy has come at an ideal time," said Alan Race, Assistant Director of ICT and Purchasing. "Many people on our staff don't have a PC, but they have a mobile phone. Yet they have the same requirements as any other office worker, such as email, calendaring access and lowest-cost calling method. We have found DiVitas to be the mobility enabler to this vision of total Unified Communications. Having PC functions delivered by mobile phone -- a phone that seamlessly converges WiFi and cellular networks -- uniquely addresses a challenge we've been struggling with for three years. DiVitas will help us increase productivity at an affordable cost, and we also predict the DiVitas MMC solution will help drop overall communications costs."

New College Durham currently uses the Cisco Call Manager as its PBX and WiFi technology from Trapeze Networks for its WLAN. While the college uses Cisco 7960 VoIP phones, highly mobile employees such as senior managers and IT staff will also use Nokia's E-series dual-mode handsets as their standard smartphone. As the DiVitas deployment moves forward, it will complement the existing Cisco IP telephony deployment and more E-series handsets will be deployed because these Nokia devices integrate seamlessly with the DiVitas solution. Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 dual-mode devices will also be introduced as part of the mix of handsets in the college's MMC deployment because some of the college staff prefer the touch-screen method of usage.

DiVitas Networks mobilises enterprise applications such as PBX phone functions (4-digit dial, call transfer, call waiting, call hold, Do Not Disturb, and others), IM, presence, email, and CRM systems over any network (enterprise WiFi, public WiFi, and GSM). The DiVitas MMC solution consists of a Mobile Convergence Appliance™ (MCA) deployed inside the enterprise and a Mobile Convergence Client™ (MCC) embedded in popular dual-mode handsets. The DiVitas MMC solution is mobile-network, handset, operating system, carrier and PBX agnostic, creating a totally unified mobile communications experience that remains under the complete control of the enterprise IT staff.

"With around 50 percent of mobile use taking place on business premises, and 75 percent of employees not being able to reach a colleague on the first attempt, there is a clear opportunity for a converged-mobile solution from DiVitas to help organizations like New College Durham reduce mobile call usage costs, and improve efficiency," said Gordon Young, VP of sales for DiVitas.

Eager to leverage new technology to improve life for staff and students alike while distinguishing itself from other educational establishments, New College Durham recently completed a £35 million state-of-the-art renovation of its three-building campus: the Main Building, the Neville Building, and the Sports and Music Building. The new campus was completed in 2004 and is described as one of the first college campuses in the UK to run IP telephony, video, and data over a fully converged network. As the network integrator, Telindus manages the college's converged voice and data network, which incorporates an IP communications infrastructure, and an IP-based CCTV system, where the addition of the DiVitas MMC solution completes the mobile-convergence picture.

"As part of the college's Unified Communications strategy, we were keen to ensure that the staff was able to utilise the most appropriate communications tools available," commented James Walker, Head of Innovation at Telindus. "During our relationship with New College Durham, we began to understand just how important mobile phones were to staff, and the DiVitas solution offered the perfect answer to the college's challenge. By deploying the DiVitas client onto mobile handsets, we are mobilising messaging and calendaring functionality, desktop phone functions, and access to student information for users who otherwise wouldn't have these capabilities at all — and it's proving to be affordable. Institutions like New College Durham will benefit enormously as their communications costs are reduced while productivity across the campus increases."

About Telindus
Telindus is a group of companies offering ICT Solutions and Services. Telindus serves business and public market needs as a solution and sourcing partner, delivering secured converged networking along with secured systems and applications, underpinned by management and support services.

With over 36 years experience in ICT, Telindus is investing considerably in expertise to service modern IT and telecommunications infrastructures throughout their life cycle. Telindus' enviable track record and longstanding partnerships with leading equipment suppliers offer a safe route for enterprises, telecom operators, and government bodies looking to deploy long-lasting ICT solutions.

In January 2006, Telindus joined the Belgacom Group to become the IT Services Branch of a new business leader in the market. Belgacom SA/NV (Euronext Brussels:BELG) is the leading telecommunications company in Belgium and a market leader in a number of areas, including retail and wholesale fixed-line telephony services, mobile communications services, broadband data and Internet services. Together, Belgacom and Telindus are building a Belgian champion in the European IT landscape, presenting the market a unique offering, uniting Connectivity and IT Services.

Telindus posted a turnover of EUR 702 million in 2006. With a highly skilled international team of 2,753 employees, Telindus is present in 15 countries in Western Europe, Hungary, China and Thailand. Telindus is headquartered in Belgium.

About DiVitas Networks
DiVitas has developed a new class of enterprise network appliance that provides seamless voice and data mobility over disparate networks to all enterprise employees by taking advantage of disruptive technologies such as WiFi, the Internet, and dual-mode phones. DiVitas is the first company to enable such mobile-to-mobile convergence, while giving the enterprise complete control of its communications system. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, DiVitas Networks is backed by Clearstone Venture Partners and Menlo Ventures and has received two rounds of financing totaling $23 million to date. More information is available at


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