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[May 28, 2010]

Avistar and SoTel Ink Distribution Pact for Hosted Business-Class Desktop Videoconferencing

May 28, 2010 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Avistar Communications Corp., a company specializing in unified visual communications solutions, announced it has signed a hosted service provider distribution agreement with SoTel Systems, a wholesale supplier of business communications products and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) services, that will provide the Avistar C3 Communicator solution to the small- and medium-sized business marketplace as a hosted business-class desktop videoconferencing service.

"With successful deployments ranging from small regional businesses to large global corporations, while delivering truly unrivaled price/performance in the desktop videoconferencing industry, Avistar wanted to work with an innovative partner to make desktop videoconferencing available to a wider swath of small- and medium-sized businesses as a robust hosted offering," said Stephen Epstein, CMO, Avistar. "SoTel's 30-year history, its proven track record in delivering SIP-based hosted solutions, and its reputation for top-notch support, training and service to its resellers made the choice crystal clear." James F. Goebel, CEO, SoTel Systems, said, "Unified communications solutions are in great demand today, and small businesses require business-class, not consumer-class, desktop videoconferencing. Avistar delivers commercial-grade desktop videoconferencing while SoTel puts the solutions in the hands of our resellers and in turn, their customers. Additionally, this agreement allows us to deploy this unified communications feature the way we think all products will be distributed in the future, as a hosted offering through the cloud." SoTel said its resellers will offer hosted desktop videoconferencing for a low monthly fee, making available an exciting, commercial-grade video solution. In addition to this standard, business-class offering, SoTel noted it will offer other hosted videoconferencing options, such as private virtual secure clusters for government agencies and other organizations that require even higher levels of security due to the nature of their work.

SoTel Systems is an Internet Telephony Services Provider (ITSP) offering SIP service products to replace traditional TDM local and long-distance services.

Avistar is a company specializing in the unified visual communications industry.

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