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Vocalscape to Acquire Azatel
[February 18, 2006]

Vocalscape to Acquire Azatel


TMCnet CRM Alert Columnist

Vocalscape Networks, Inc. has announced that it has executed a letter of intent to acquire 100 percent of Azatel Communications. Therefore, in connection with the transaction contemplated by the letter of intent, Vocalscape Networks Inc. will buy 100 percent of Azatel Communications Inc. by either an asset purchase agreement or a stock purchase agreement.

Mr. Ryan Gibson, Vice President of Vocalscape said the company has been "actively looking for an acquisition within the hardware business that enabled lower cost analogue telephone adapters and IP phones for clients and the VoIP marketplace in general."

Having a physical product, he said, "will increase the presence of Vocalscape globally and complement our software and services." Having Azatel will "enable our often one-time license fees for billing and turn-key systems to have a fantastic residual opportunity in hardware and support."

Derek Herman, CEO and Founder of Azatel Communications Inc. said "this has been a long awaited strategic move for Azatel to find the right partner to expand globally with."

You might remember Azatel from about a year ago, when Ecuity, Inc., a VoIP communications company serving the small-to-medium size business and residential markets, teamed up with Azatel, then identified as "a manufacturer of integrated SIP and MGCP related products," in a pilot program to "evaluate an innovative device dependent VoWiFi communications product for business users," according to Ecuity officials.

Azatel's WiFi-enabled handset device, AZA-WIP, combined with Ecuity's V-Tone VoIP services platform, was to deliver advanced VoWiFi communication capabilities to mobile users and businesses nationwide. With built in authentication for Hot Spots, the AZA-WIP offered wireless communication capabilities and functionality while operating within enterprise and public WiFi zones.

The VoWiFi product, officials predicted, would "rival traditional cellular services with the added cost-effectiveness and enhanced mobile-PBX capabilities of Ecuity's VoIP platform."

"The advances in the world of VoWiFi have been amazing and Ecuity has positioned itself at the forefront of this emerging market," stated King Cole [that's the name we were given, we're reading off the cue cards here, folks], president of Ecuity, at the time.

David Sims is contributing editor for TMCnet. For more articles please visit David Sims' columnist page.

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