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Avnet shuts UC business in the UK

March 27, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Story and Images by Doug Woodburn / Channel Web

Comms vendor Avaya has been left with only two UK distributors following Avnet's decision to shut its unified communications (UC) business.

Avnet this week informed resellers that it will stop taking orders for the three vendors that sit in its UC business unit at the end of this week.

Comms giant Avaya is by far the largest vendor affected by the move, but Avnet will also cease working with VoIP media gateway specialist Audiocodes and videoconferencing outfit Lifesize.

UC boss Peter Hannah was one of a number of employees who left Avnet late last year as the distributor restructured its business. At the time, Avnet said it planned to fold the unit into one of its other business units but confirmed in a statement to CRN today that it is exiting the market altogether.

"While UC technology is complementary to our UK portfolio, it is not core to our strategy," said Avnet Technology Solutions sales director Laura Harman.

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