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Avaya Inc.
Private
Industry Next Generation Communications
Predecessor Lucent Technologies
Founded 2000
Headquarters Santa Clara, California, United States
Area served
Worldwide
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
Revenue

Decrease $4,371 million (FY 2014)

(FY 2014)[1]
Increase $197 million (FY 2014)[1]
Decrease $ 298 million (FY 2014)[1]
Total assets Decrease $7,234 million (FY 2014)[1]
Owner
  • TPG Capital
  • Silver Lake Partners
Number of employees
13,122 (Sep 2014)[2]
Subsidiaries Avaya Government Solutions
Website USA [1]

Avaya Inc. (/əˈv.ə/) is an American IT company.[3]

History[edit]

In 1995, the company that would become Avaya was part of Lucent Technologies. Before that it had been part of AT&T.[4] In 2000, Lucent's management decided to spin off this business, which was then known as its enterprise communications group. The objective was to give the people who knew the business best the flexibility and focus to accelerate innovation and improve operations.[4] 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 October 2007, Avaya became a privately-held company when it was acquired by Silver Lake and TPG Capital.[4] 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 and Radvision.[5]

In 2008 Kevin Kennedy took over as the CEO and president of Avaya.[6]

Going private[edit]

October 26, 2007 Avaya was acquired by two private equity firms, TPG Capital and Silver Lake Partners, for $8.2 billion.[7][8] As of 2015, Avaya had approximately 12,711 employees. Avaya's global headquarters are located in Santa Clara, California, with Kevin J. Kennedy appointed as its Chief Executive Officer.

Purchase of Nortel's Enterprise Assets[edit]

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.[9][10]

2011 – present[edit]

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] On April 30, 2012 the shareholders approved the acquisition of Radvision by Avaya for about $230 million.[15][16][17] Avaya was named the official telecommunication equipment supplier for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.[18]

Corporate information[edit]

Avaya's headquarters are located at 4655 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, California. The company has offices located in over 145 countries worldwide.[19] The company also sponsors a users' group.[20]

Training[edit]

Avaya sponsors training programs for IT professional certifications and training for use of Avaya's products.[21]

Government business[edit]

In 1985, Performance Engineering Corporation (later PEC Solutions Inc.) was formed to offer technology services government customers.[22] On June 6, 2005, Nortel Networks Inc. completed the acquisition of PEC Solutions, Inc. to form Nortel PEC Solutions Inc.[23][24] On January 18, 2006, Nortel PEC Solutions was renamed Nortel Government Solutions.[25] On December 21, 2009, Avaya acquired Nortel's government business as part of Nortel's asset sale.[26][27]

Patents[edit]

Avaya bought Nortel Enterprise and acquired its patents, including the following:[28][29]

  • US20050007951 – Routed split multilink trunking[30]
  • 7173934 – System, device, and method for improving communication network reliability using trunk splitting[31]
  • 6496502 – Distributed multi-link trunking method and apparatus[32]
  • 7068641 – UNIStim

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Avaya, FY 2014 Financial Results" (PDF). avaya.com. Retrieved Jan 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "SEC filing Sept 2013". SEC. 
  3. ^ / "company overview" (PDF). Avaya. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Avaya Story". Avaya.com. Retrieved Jan 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Avaya Aquisitions". avaya.com. Retrieved Jan 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Avaya Leadership". avaya.com. Retrieved Jan 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Avaya, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Nov 1, 2007" (PDF). secdatabase.com. Retrieved Jan 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Investment Firms Pick Up Avaya For $8.2 Billion". Informationweek.com. June 5, 2007. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  9. ^ "Nortel Networks, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Sep 14, 2009" (PDF). secdatabase.com. Retrieved Jan 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ Sean Michael Kerner (September 14, 2009). "Avaya Closes Nortel Enterprise Deal for $900M". internetnews. Retrieved Feb 16, 2010. 
  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). secdatabase.com. 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). secdatabase.com. 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. ^
  19. ^ "Avaya Worldwide Locator". Retrieved Aug 18, 2011. 
  20. ^ "IAUG". Retrieved Jan 30, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Avaya Professional Credential Program". Avaya Learning. Retrieved Nov 9, 2014. 
  22. ^ "PEC Solutions Inc.". Washington Post 200PEC Solutions Inc. 2005. Retrieved Apr 1, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Nortel Completes Acquisition of PEC Solutions, Inc.". Business Wire. June 7, 2005. Retrieved Apr 1, 2011. 
  24. ^ Witte, Griff (April 27, 2005). "Nortel to Buy PEC Solutions For $448 Million". The Washington Post. 
  25. ^ "Nortel PEC Solutions Renamed Nortel Government Solutions". Nortel. January 18, 2006. Retrieved Apr 1, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Avaya/Nortel combination aims for greater growth". Nortel. Dec 21, 2009. Retrieved Jan 11, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Who We Are". Avaya Government Solutions. Retrieved Apr 1, 2011. 
  28. ^ Avaya Closes Nortel Enterprise Deal for $900M "Avaya Closes Nortel Enterprise Deal for $900M". Internetnews. Sep 14, 2009. Retrieved Feb 26, 2011. 
  29. ^ "List of Patents that have Issued to the Nortel Family of Companies" (PDF). Nortel. Retrieved Feb 26, 2011. 
  30. ^
  31. ^ "System, device, and method for improving communication network reliability using trunk splitting". Retrieved Feb 26, 2011. 
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