6 December 2000
NYSE, TSE SYMBOL: MLT
LSE SYMBOL: MLT.L
December 6, 2000
Bridging the Voice and Data Gap: Mitel Announces Agreement With COGNICASE
OTTAWA, CANADA--Distribution agreement provides total Information Technology
solutions for enterprises.
Mitel Communications Systems, a division of Mitel Corporation (NYSE/TSE:MLT)
today announced an agreement with COGNICASE Inc. (TSE:COG/Nasdaq:COGI) to sell
Mitel's family of communications solutions, including its complete line of
enterprise convergence technologies, to business customers across Canada.
The agreement is Mitel's first with an IP-based data networking and
applications specialist, allowing Mitel to showcase IP telephony to
COGNICASE's data clients. COGNICASE, a specialist in the integration of
complex IT solutions, significantly expands its portfolio of offerings for
enterprise customers by associating with a global leader in voice enterprise
'Our data clients are looking to us to provide excellence in IP voice
offerings,' said Hugues Quintal, vice-president, Telecommunications and
Networks for COGNICASE. 'Mitel is a strategic choice in voice technologies for
us because of their profound understanding of telephony technology.'
The convergence of voice and data technologies lets enterprise customers use
their data infrastructures more efficiently and enables extensive telephony
applications designed to harness the power of the Internet. Customers with IP
technologies installed in their facilities can expect easily accessible
Internet information to be provided through their telephone, in addition to a
more effective use of the existing communications infrastructure.
COGNICASE will showcase the IP applications and technologies in which Mitel
has recognized expertise, such as speech recognition, unified messaging and
mobility enhancement. COGNICASE will also sell Mitel's PBX products, the Mitel
SX 2000(TM), SX 2000 Micro Light(TM) and Superset(TM) telephone systems that
enhance the communications offering.
'COGNICASE is a new type of dealer for Mitel, one that is well-established in
data communications,' said Carl Carruthers, vice president, sales for the
Americas, Mitel Communications Systems. 'They have a national reputation in
data infrastructure -- adding Mitel voice convergence products will enhance
COGNICASE is an innovative company specialized in the development and
integration of e-commerce solutions using the Internet and Wireless
technologies. Based on its results-driven approach, software and technologies,
as well as its international Internet engineering, ASP applications
development and IT hosting center, COGNICASE offers innovative solutions that
contribute to the business success of its customers in the digital economy.
The Company is active in several countries, including Canada, the United
States, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Australia.
Mitel Communications Systems has almost three decades of experience in meeting
the real-time voice needs of enterprise customers. Systems' portfolio
includes voice communications systems, desktop peripherals and networking
solutions. Mitel Communications Systems is today helping enterprises develop
and launch IP telephony applications.
Mitel is a global provider of semiconductors and communications systems for
converging voice and data networks in a rapidly evolving Internet economy. The
company has annual revenue of $1.4 billion and employs some 6,000 people
worldwide. For more information, visit www.mitel.com.
Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements
within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risk, uncertainties,
and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or
achievements of the Company, to be materially different from any future
results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and assumptions include,
among others, the risks discussed in documents filed by the Company with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are encouraged to consider the
risks detailed in those filings.
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Mitel Communications Systems
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Mitel Communications Systems
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