ALLTEL, UK Deploy Emerging Technologies

Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver

 

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“This deployment helps fulfill our vision to better serve students, faculty and staff through the use of new technologies. While we currently provide Internet telephone services to a small portion of our campus, this agreement is an opportunity to significantly expand the availability of enhanced voice and data services throughout the UK system.”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr,
president,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 16, 2004) -- ALLTEL and the University of Kentucky have announced an agreement to deploy next-generation voice services to enhance the communications process for students, faculty and staff while advancing the university’s goal of becoming a top-20 national research institution.

The contract also covers local phone service, voice-mail, unified messaging, long-distance, and high-speed data services.

Deployment of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology adds greater mobility for faculty and students, offering services not currently available over traditional telephone networks. For example, unified messaging allows users to check phone messages, faxes and e-mails either by phone or a personal computer. Speech-activated messaging will allow callers to respond to e-mail over the phone.

“This agreement is a true partnership with the university that underscores ALLTEL’s commitment to provide advanced communications services to our customers in Kentucky,” said Jeff Abernethy, ALLTEL’s area president for Kentucky. “It also provides a high-tech roadmap for future deployment of Internet telephony services.”

Under the new five-year agreement, valued at $12.5 million, ALLTEL and the university will work together to expand the VoIP offering and explore how the technology can improve communications across the Commonwealth.

“This deployment helps fulfill our vision to better serve students, faculty and staff through the use of new technologies,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “While we currently provide Internet telephone services to a small portion of our campus, this agreement is an opportunity to significantly expand the availability of enhanced voice and data services throughout the UK system.”

ALLTEL also is working with UK and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to establish the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Network, a statewide communications transport network that will interconnect and provide Internet access to educational and governmental institutions across Kentucky.

ALLTEL is a customer-focused communications company with almost 13 million customers and $8 billion in annual revenues. ALLTEL provides wireless, local telephone, long-distance, Internet, and high-speed data services to residential and business customers in 26 states.


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