Bell Aliant and GENBAND Receive Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award

  Bell Aliant and GENBAND Receive Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award

 Bell Aliant Unified Communications service leverages GENBAND’s SPiDR™ WebRTC
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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia & FRISCO, Texas -- June 10, 2013

Bell Aliant (TSX: BA), one of North America’s largest regional communications
providers, and GENBAND, a leading developer of multimedia and cloud
communications solutions, have been jointly awarded the Global Telecoms
Business Innovation Award at their annual event in London, England on June 4.
The award, in the Business Service Innovation category, celebrates the work
that vendors and operators are doing together to develop innovative projects
in order to better serve customers. Bell Aliant and GENBAND were presented the
award in recognition of their outstanding innovation and collaboration in
Business Unified Communications.

“Bell Aliant continues to lead the way on innovation for our business
customers,” said Kelly Duplisea, Vice President, Business Market at Bell
Aliant. “Being recognized as a global leader alongside GENBAND is very
encouraging as we continue our commitment to provide our customers with the
most efficient, advanced and flexible options available in the market. Best of
all, with our hosted Unified Communications solution, customers have the
security and confidence of knowing their communications needs are being
managed by an experienced, leading edge provider.”

GENBAND enhances Bell Aliant Unified Communications solution by providing key
technologies, including GENBAND’s recently announced SPiDR™ WebRTC Gateway,
that allow customers to compete in a rapidly evolving market. GENBAND SPiDR
enables real-time communications, such as video, voice and IM to be launched
within a browser with the click of a mouse.

Working together, Bell Aliant and GENBAND successfully deployed this new
capability, ensuring customers receive enhanced browser-based capabilities
that allow for collaboration and anywhere connectivity. It also allows for
increased employee efficiency and productivity, while driving overall cost
savings to organizations.

“WebRTC is one of the most talked about new technologies in the industry,”
said B.G. Kumar, President of the Multimedia Business Unit for GENBAND. “This
leading edge WebRTC deployment across one of North America’s largest networks
demonstrates the market opportunities of this innovative technology and
illustrates GENBAND’s ongoing investment in rich communications and mobility
applications that allow customers, like Bell Aliant, to redefine the broadband
experience for the marketplace.”

Bell Aliant’s Unified Communications service brings business customers the
power of IP, providing enhanced collaboration and anywhere connectivity,
without the capital cost or business disruption associated with buying a
stand-alone system. With Bell Aliant UC, large and mid-sized business
customers can seamlessly connect their phone, PC and mobile devices so they
can access their office voice line and features from anywhere in the world.
Bell Aliant manages and maintains the fully hosted service, ensuring customers
have the latest technology and services for their business needs.

Features include:

  *Single Number Reach
    Customers’ office number travels with them. Incoming communications can be
    directed to the device of their choice.
  *Presence and IM
    Customers are able to view the online status of other users on the
    network, as well as automatically alert others whether away from their PC
    or on the telephone. In addition, customers are able to send and receive
    IMs from other users.
  *PC Phone and Mobile Access
    Customers can use their laptop or mobile device to access their office
    line with a host of advanced features while on the move.
  *Video Calling
    Make video calls with employees, suppliers and customers without the cost
    of a separate video system.
  *Call Grabber
    Customers can seamlessly switch live calls from one device to another
    without interruption - for example from office phone to smartphone.
  *Personal Conference Bridge
    Customers have their own unique bridge so they can set up a conference
    call at any time without having to pre-book it – at no extra cost.

“This is the seventh time we’ve run our Innovation Awards and each year we’ve
seen that the industry is working harder and harder to deliver exciting and
innovative services to its customers worldwide,” said Alan Burkitt-Gray,
editor of Global Telecoms Business. “Congratulations to all the award winners.
The industry is seeing a wave of innovation which is making a huge difference
— to the companies working in the industry and to all of us in business and as
consumers. They are making such a difference to the world. We want to
celebrate what they are doing.”

About Bell Aliant

Bell Aliant (TSX: BA) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers and the first company in Canada to cover an entire
city with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology with its FibreOP™ services.
Through its operating entities it serves customers in six Canadian provinces
with innovative information, communication and technology services including
voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Bell Aliant's
employees deliver the highest quality customer service, choice and
convenience.

About GENBAND

GENBAND is a global leader in smart networking solutions from the Core to the
Edge to the Experience for service providers and enterprises in over 80
countries. The company’s technology improves IP networks by making them more
scalable, secure, profitable and efficient. GENBAND’s market-leading
technology supports multimedia voice, data and video sessions and fixed-mobile
unified communications applications that scale on public and private networks.
With a flexible, cloud-ready platform, GENBAND’s IMS, edge and application
solutions help its customers compete effectively by increasing revenues,
improving profitability, and attracting and retaining customers. To learn
more, visit us on the web at www.GENBAND.com.

Contact:

GENBAND
Joe McGarvey, +1-972-521-5826
joe.mcgarvey@GENBAND.com
or
Bell Aliant Corporate Affairs
Isabelle Robinson, 877-799-6299
isabelle.robinson@bellaliant.ca
 
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