Monday, September 26, 2005
Black Box Extends Commitment to Sell and Service Siemens Communications Solutions
BOCA RATON, FL and PITTSBURGH, PA--September 26, 2005--Siemens Communications, Inc. and Black Box Corporation (Nasdaq: BBOX) today announced a multi-year distribution agreement enabling Black Box Network Services to sell, deploy and support the Siemens portfolio of HiPath® Real-Time voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions, including systems, devices and applications.
As a Siemens Authorized Reseller, Black Box becomes one of Siemens' largest distributors; in January, Black Box completed its acquisition of Norstan, Inc., a 2005 award-winning channel reseller for Siemens. During 2004, Norstan increased its HiPath unit sales by 20 percent, earning the Siemens Pinnacle Sales Award for outstanding sales achievement.
"Siemens is an integral part of our voice services business," said Fred Young, Chief Executive Officer of Black Box Corporation. "With our new agreement, Black Box will continue to expand its installed Siemens customer base throughout the United States and Canada."
Black Box will continue to sell and support the complete portfolio of Siemens communications solutions. This includes HiPath Real-Time IP systems--for organizations of all sizes--providing centralized control of features, access, configuration and call-processing functions. The Siemens portfolio also includes HiPath Wireless, secure and mobile management solutions for voice over wireless LAN networks. In addition, HiPath solutions include the DirX® family of access and data management systems, the optiPoint family of IP and wireless phones, the ProCenter® portfolio of contact center solutions, the Xpressions® unified messaging family and the HiPath OpenScape™, a presence-enabled and permission-based unified communication portal. Siemens also offers a complete line of HiPath professional, lifecycle and managed services.
"Black Box, with its acquisition of Norstan, continues to expand its operational footprint and is a leader in providing enterprises with the next generation of converged voice, data and multimedia solutions," said Rick Fitzgerald, vice president and general manager of the Siemens Channel Solutions Group at Siemens Communications, Inc. "Black Box is a strong technical services partner. Their sales and operational teams, coupled with a strong commitment to customer service, also make them a valuable enterprise partner."
About Black Box
Black Box is the world’s largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building and maintaining today’s complicated data and voice infrastructure systems. Black Box services 152,000 clients in 141 countries with 138 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at www.blackbox.com.
Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $91.5 billion in fiscal 2004. Founded more than 150 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $16.6 billion and employs 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Thirteen of Siemens' worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 430,000 people in 192 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemens.com.
About Siemens Communications, Inc.
Siemens Communications, Inc., offers its customers a broad portfolio of communication products and services and is a leader in convergent technologies, products and services for wireless, fixed and enterprise networks. The company’s portfolio ranges from devices for end users to complex network infrastructures and complementary services for enterprises, carriers and service providers. Siemens Communications, Inc., is headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/communications.
Note: HiPath, DirX, ProCenter, Xpressions and OpenScape are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens AG, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Black Box and the double diamond logo are registered trademarks of BB Technologies, Inc. All other company, brand, product and service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Siemens or Black Box management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements also are those that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Such statements reflect such company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Neither Siemens nor Black Box intends or assumes any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.