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October 21, 2010

ShoreTel snaps up Agito Networks in $11.4m deal

Smartphones can now be used as PBX extensions

By CBR Staff Writer

ShoreTel, a provider of IP phone systems with integrated unified communications (UC), has acquired Agito Networks, a provider of enterprise mobility platforms, for approximately $11.4m.

ShoreTel said the Agito offering expands its vision of setting the user free to communicate on any device (desk phone, mobile phone, computer), at any location by allowing individuals to use any network (cellular or Wi-Fi).

The Agito technology arms users with voice and UC features, including enterprise call-control capabilities, and voice over WLAN.

The offering supports heterogeneous PBX and UC for other vendors, including Cisco, Avaya and Microsoft, as well as legacy TDM PBXs.

The company said the transaction further strengthens its cost-saving proposition by reducing mobile and long distance costs and allowing business to use smartphones as PBX extensions.

With the Agito solution, ShoreTel will offer support for leading smartphones and tablets including BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Nokia, and Windows-Mobile smartphones.

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ShoreTel interim CEO Don Girskis said by integrating the Agito technology with ShoreTel’s UC system, they free users to use any network (Wi-Fi or cellular), leveraging the power of the desk phone, and taking advantage of industry-leading call quality and call controls from their smartphone.

"This not only has a positive impact on productivity, but it also positively affects the bottom line with significant savings on mobile and international usage fees," Girskis said.

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