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NEC's UNIVERGE 3C Approved by U.S. Department of Defense

February 25, 2014

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) is a company that has been serving carrier, small-to-medium business and large enterprise clients across multiple vertical industries, offering a rich portfolio of technology and professional services, enhanced opportunities and competitive solutions that can address today’s business needs.

The company’s UNIVERGE 3C is a complete, software-based solution that delivers a fully functional IP-PBX along with complete voice features and unified communications and collaboration applications that can be customized as per the specific business needs. Recently, the solution was certified by the US Department of Defense (DoD) as a UC Session Controller.

The accreditation for defense-wide deployments as a UC SC was granted by the DoD’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Unified Capabilities Certification Office for meeting military grade security, functionality and reliability requirements. The DoD has defined a strategy to migrate more than 3 million lines of TDM based communication systems to all IP with UC&C within the next decade. The NEC UNIVERGE 3C Session Controller is a key component to the DoD UC Master Plan.

NEC’s UNIVERGE 3C is also the first UC Session Controller to support a range of standards-based SIP IP phones for use on DoD networks.

“As the DoD migrates from TDM to IP, our UNIVERGE 3C solution, with its unique software distributed open architecture and graceful transition to IP, provides a highly cost effective end to end solution and is a viable option for DoD users. Meeting the requirements of the DoD gives commercial customers the confidence that NEC can exceed their expectations as they employ their own migration and modernization initiatives,” Larry Levenberg, vice president, NEC Corporation of America said in a statement.

Levenberg also emphasized on the fact that UNIVERGE 3C has consistently delivered the highest reliability and performance for government and enterprise installations over many years.

“NEC is very excited about the direction the DoD is heading by setting a vision to use industry standards, commercial off-the-shelf technology and moving to an IP infrastructure with UC&C. This is empowering the DoD workforce to new levels of productivity at an overall lower cost,” said Kurt Jacobs, program director for NEC’s Government Solutions.

Accreditation from the DoD highlights on the necessity of converged critical voice, video and data over IP. The DoD UC Session Controller testing process involves tests and validation measures in the areas of security, reliability, high availability and UC functionality. It also validates standards-based interoperability to both local IT infrastructure and across the DoD GIG to existing communications systems.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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