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Keynote speech to be delivered by Ed Verney, ECTF president and chairman.

Fremont, California, October 20, 1999 - The ECTF is planning an active presence at Voice Europe this year with the show's keynote speech to be delivered by Ed Verney, ECTF president and chairman. With Computer Telephony (CT) technology rapidly eclipsing that of traditional telephony (thanks to technologies such as IP Telephony, multi-tier solution architectures, and host-based media stream processing), interoperability is recognized as the single most important element needed to unify the CT industry. Verney was asked to deliver this year's keynote speech because the ECTF is the industry's primary architect of interoperability. He will explain why interoperability is so vital and how it will benefit organizations deploying or enhancing their telephone systems now and in the future. Voice Europe will be held in London from November 3rd-5th 1999.

"The maturity and overall health of the international CT market will be demonstrated by the wide variety of companies attending this year's Voice Europe show," said Ed Verney, ECTF president and chairman. "Today, telephone system managers and users enjoy an ever increasing choice of CT solutions that help make their companies more competitive in a dynamic global market. Interoperability makes this new generation of solutions possible and compelling. It is really the glue that holds these systems together and allows them to be customized to reflect the unique requirements of individual organizations."

Visitors to the ECTF booth (#735) will learn about all aspects of the ECTF's CT reference framework and specifications. ECTF staff and members will be on hand to explain ECTF specifications and provide insights into their use. A free CD ROM containing all of the interoperability specifications published by the ECTF as well as useful resources such as RFP questions that buyers can pose to their vendors. Those interested in getting involved in the work of the ECTF will be able to obtain ECTF membership information and application forms and will have the opportunity to talk with ECTF members to get a first-hand understanding of how this unique organization functions to facilitate interoperability for the entire CT market.

Success Stories/Product Display

More and more companies are finding that ECTF interoperability specifications allow them to focus engineering resources on enriching product feature sets as well as getting those products to market faster. To illustrate this, the ECTF booth will include a product display section featuring products that have been designed to ECTF specifications. This section will highlight some of the real-world problems that ECTF specifications have helped companies like Aculab, Dialogic (an Intel company), Rockwell Electronic Commerce, TeleSoft Design Ltd. and others solve.

About the ECTF:

The ECTF is an industry organization formed to foster an open, competitive market for Computer Telephony technology. Participants include industry suppliers, developers, system integrators and users working to achieve agreement on multi-vendor implementations of Computer Telephony technology based on international de facto and de jure standards.

For additional information on ECTF and to obtain ECTF documents, please access the ECTF web site at http://www.ectf.org. To inquire about membership, contact the ECTF at ectf@ectf.org or at one of the following numbers:

ECTF US Office +01-510-608-5915, FAX +01-510-608-5917
ECTF Euro-Office +49-89-722-22-4-22, FAX +49-89-722-22-9-22


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