SaskTel signs deal with SpinVox for Voice-to-Screen(TM) services
ORLANDO, FLA., March 27 /CNW/ - SpinVox, the world expert in
Voice-to-Screen messaging for consumer, enterprise and carrier markets, today
announced an agreement with SaskTel, the leading full service communications
provider in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, to roll-out SpinVox
Voice-to-Screen services to its customers. The agreement extends SpinVox's
rapidly growing footprint in North America.
As the first carrier to deploy SpinVox Voice-to-Screen services in
Canada, SaskTel will be able to offer its subscribers the ability to have
their voice messages converted to text and sent directly to their cell phone,
or as email to their PC. The service works with any cell phone, requires no
software download or upgrades and is immediately available to any subscriber,
anywhere. Now, at glance, you can see not only who has called, but what they
Incorporating the SpinVox solution into SaskTel's network will be easy
and economical because it leverages the uReach Technologies Converged Services
Framework (CSF) for fixed-line, wireless and broadband voice messaging today.
Deployed in 2006, the uReach solution allows SaskTel to quickly alter voice
messaging application workflows, update user interfaces and integrate backend
systems so SpinVox could be rapidly deployed. As a result, SaskTel's
time-to-market and total-cost-to-implement will be a fraction of what it would
have been utilizing purpose-built or legacy infrastructure.
SaskTel plans to deliver SpinVox services initially to its wireless
subscribers in Q307 followed shortly by deployment to its wireline customers.
The Company serves business and residential customers with voice, data,
dial-up and high-speed Internet, entertainment and multimedia services,
security, web hosting, text and messaging services, and cellular and wireless
data services over its digital networks.
"SaskTel is known for delivering quality communication solutions, and
deploying SpinVox is a natural progression in our goal to consistently provide
innovative products and services that support our high standards of service,"
said Robert Watson, Chief Executive Officer for SaskTel. "With SpinVox, our
subscribers will benefit from a leading-edge service that is intuitive and
easy to use. It's the promise of visual voicemail, but with the audio already
converted as text - it couldn't be simpler."
SpinVox CEO Christina Domecq commented, "SpinVox enables SaskTel to
create new value from their existing core voice and messaging services. They
will be one of the first to deploy Real Visual Voicemail in North America, a
service that will literally transform the most useful messaging product,
voicemail, and create really exciting, valuable new services that actually
make life simpler. We are delighted by SaskTel's energy and commitment to a
whole new category of messaging - Voice-to-Screen - and their plans to lead
the Canadian market."
uReach Technologies CEO Krishnamurty Kambhampati added, "Connecting
innovative network operators like SaskTel and cutting-edge service providers
like SpinVox is what our Converged Services Framework was designed to do.
Working together, we'll be launching a service that will differentiate SaskTel
in its market, delight its customers and drive messaging revenues."
The SaskTel announcement comes on the heels of an agreement with
Cincinnati Bell, which leads 12 scheduled deployments of SpinVox this year
with carriers worldwide for its multi-lingual voicemail-to-text service.
SpinVox is available in four major languages: International English, Spanish,
French and German with further languages in development.
Earlier this year SpinVox launched a new range of world first products,
building on its award winning Spin-my-Vmail(TM) service, connecting the best
of Web 2.0 to mobile by using Voice-to-Screen technology that enables speaking
a blog, memo and broadcast messaging from any phone. SpinVox transforms
everyday messaging with simple, reliable and relevant products and makes
sending messages as simple as speaking them; receiving as easy as reading them
on-screen; and replying as effortless as a click.
SpinVox has invested over four years researching, developing and
deploying a world-class ISO-certified, carrier-grade service platform. "As a
managed service provider any network or service provider can rapidly and cost
effectively implement any Voice-to-Screen products and deliver true service
value-add," concluded Domecq.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the
leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, offering
competitive voice, data, dial-up and high speed internet, entertainment and
multimedia services, security, web hosting, text and messaging services, and
cellular and wireless data services over its digital networks. The Corporation
also provides security monitoring services through SecurTek, directory
services through DirectWest, in-room communications services to the healthcare
sector through Hospitality Network, telecommunications consulting service
through SaskTel International and an out-of-province sales and service channel
in Alberta and British Columbia. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries
have a workforce of 5,200 full-time, part-time and temporary employees. Visit
SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.
About uReach Technologies
uReach Technologies, Inc is the leading provider of converged
communication solutions for the service provider market. The uReach Converged
Services Framework (CSF) offers a standards-based and IMS-compliant approach
for uniformly deploying value-added voice and data services across wireless,
wireline and IP properties quickly, economically and in scale. Running
exclusively on open systems, uReach Enhanced Voice Messaging, Audio-SMS,
Multimedia Messaging, Single Number Service are currently deployed with over
40 service providers in 38 countries improving the way millions of subscribers
uReach is a privately held company headquartered in Holmdel, NJ with
offices in Andover, MA. For more information, visit www.uReachTech.com.
SpinVox brought together the two most popular methods of communication -
voice and text - and created a new category of messaging called
Voice-to-Screen. Its award-winning services are now driving new recurring
revenues for mobile and fixed-line operators.
At the heart of SpinVox is its patented Voice Message Conversion
System(TM) (VMCS), which underpins the company's retail, enterprise, service
provider and global carrier products. VMCS is hosted on an enterprise-class
hardware and telephony services infrastructure to meet the rigorous demands of
global carriers. Having invested over four years researching, developing and
deploying a world-class, ISO-certified, carrier-grade service platform, VMCS
is capable of integrating directly with any carrier's voice messaging
platform, enabling carriers to offer highly innovative Voice-to-Screen
messaging products to all of their subscribers.
SpinVox created the world's first Voicemail-to-Text service in 2003 and
launched it in 2005 through partnerships with major UK retailers such as The
Carphone Warehouse, The Link, Caudwell Group/4uBusiness and Hutchinson 3G.
Today, SpinVox is available in four major languages: International English,
Spanish, French and German with further languages in development. SpinVox is
headquartered in the UK with offices in nine countries, including North
America and is privately backed by private equity and international finance
giants with funds in excess of US$60 million.
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