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Telia and Envox sign distribution agreement for text-to-speech technology

20th December 2000, Stockholm, Sweden. Envox*, a leading developer of Windows NT®-based communications platforms and development software, announces today that it has entered into an agreement to become an authorised distributor of the Infovox text-to-speech product from Telia Promotor.

The announcement means that application developers and system integrators working with Envox products can more easily build text-to-speech capabilities into their solutions. Text-to-speech can be used to ‘read’ emails to people phoning into universal messaging in-boxes (as part of a unified messaging solution); to read personalised database information to callers using interactive voice response (IVR) systems; and as part of many other business communication solutions.

The Infovox product will be integrated into the Envox communications development platform, adding to the impressive array of speech recognition technologies (such as natural language speech recognition technologies from Nuance and Philips) already supported by the product.

"We are delighted that Envox has chosen to work with our product" said Urban Pettersson, Sales and Marketing Manager, Telia Promotor. "Envox has a strong product offering and a truly global distribution network. We believe that by partnering with Envox we can extend the global reach of our sales and marketing effort, helping us reach new markets with Infovox faster and more effectively than would otherwise have been possible".

Today, Envox has a reseller network comprising 60 resellers in 40 countries. The company has regional headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden; Boston, USA; and in Singapore.

About Infovox

Infovox is a diphone-based text-to-speech software package, built with a library of pre-recorded human speech diphones for improved natural-sounding speech quality. Infovox is a 32-bit native engine and is compliant with the Microsoft Speech API specifications.

Infovox offers almost unlimited application opportunities to anyone wishing to use synthetic speech as an effective information carrier or to integrate synthetic speech into their products and services. Applications that use Infovox text-to-speech are found in the fields of telecom, user interface, education and aids for disabled people.

"Infovox text-to-speech is an important new addition to the capabilities of the Envox Communications Development Platform" said Henrik Thomé, President of Envox Group. "We have been particularly impressed with the wide range of European languages supported and by the quality of human speech output the product provides".

Envox products enables organisations to build a range of communications applications (such as unified messaging, e-commerce, web automation and contact centre) on a single Windows NT or Win2000 platform that integrate diverse voice, web, messaging and database technologies.

* Envox has received numerous computer telephony industry awards including Computer Telephony & CTI Magazine’s Product of the Year award for 1998; Computer Telephony Magazine’s Best of CT Expo 1998 and Best of CT Expo 2000; and Communications Solutions magazine’s Product of the Year for Enabling Technologies for 1999.

About Envox

Founded in 1994, Envox is a leading developer of Windows NT-based communications platforms and development tools for building telephony, e-mail, e-commerce, Web automation and datacom solutions. Its key product line available today is Envox CT Studio 3.0 a Windows NT-based advanced Graphical Development Environment. The company has its global

headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden and US headquarters in Boston, USA; European headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden; Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore; and other offices in Canada and Europe. Envox enjoys established strategic relationships with leading service, system and application vendors worldwide as well as a number of network providers. In March 2000, Intel Corporation invested in Envox through the Intel Communications Fund. Envox is an Intel/ Dialogic Platinum Partner.

About Telia

Telia is the leading Internet service provider and communications company in the Nordic countries. Telia’s business concept is to develop and challenge leading-edge technology to create a world where people can liberate themselves in life and business. In 1999, Telia's sales totaled SEK 52,121 million and the number of employees was approximately 30,600.

All names, products, and services mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective organisations.

For more information:

Nathalie Eriksson

Envox AB

Tel: +46 8 56 256 000

Fax: +46 8 56 256 050


Michael Gray/ Sarra Mander

Gray Associates Ltd.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8744 9168

Fax: +44 (0) 20 8744 9169


To speak to an Envox reseller in your country, you can find a full reseller listing at:

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