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NEC's UNIVERGE® BLUE is Top Cloud Solution for Second Year in Row

Highest Overall Scoring – in Cloud Communications RFP at 2016 Enterprise Connect Conference
Highest Individual Scoring in Every Category - Pricing, Solution Architecture, and Functionality / Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Leading independent consultancy firm determines NEC's UCaaS solution is the Best Cloud Networking Solution in subjective rankings

Irving, Texas - March 23, 2016 - NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, networking and biometric solutions, today announced with NEC Corporation, that its UNIVERGE BLUE Business Cloud Services UCaaS cloud-based solution received the highest overall score in the annual Unified Communications mock Request for Proposal (RFP) session, "A UCaaS/Hybrid RFP: What Can Cloud Providers Deliver?," at the Enterprise Connect 2016 conference held at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida, March 7-10. Enterprise Connect is the leading conference and exposition on enterprise communications and collaboration. NEC was also recognized last year at Enterprise Connect as the best cloud solution in the UCaaS/Hybrid RFP assessment session.

Each year at Enterprise Connect, a mock RFP session is held. The mock RFP is a simulation of the requests that enterprises and government agencies put out when looking for a new unified communications solution. The session, led by independent consultant David Stein, Principal at Stein Technology Consulting Group, assesses UC/IP telephony products developed by communications vendors. Each of the vendors that participate is required to answer questions related to their solutions' architecture, features, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over a 5 year period. In this year's RFP exercise, the analysis was only on cloud - and hybrid-based solutions - a change from previous years.

This year's rating's scale remains the same as years past - offered 50 percent of the score to functional/technical requirements, 25 percent to architecture requirements, and the final 25 percent to pricing. "As seen last year, NEC again provided a strong UCaaS solution that excelled across all measures. NEC actually scored highest in all the RFP categories. With high scalability and redundancy plus a platform that delivers a flexible architecture across either private, public or hybrid cloud, we felt the NEC solution was well-deserving of the accolades received," said David Stein, principal, Stein Technology Consulting Group, and facilitator of the RFP session.

The primary objective of the workshop is to help enterprise companies prepare, write and evaluate their own RFP document. The session covered a range of topics including: Examining key trends and the system offerings from leading suppliers for hybrid and private cloud deployments: the strengths and weaknesses of these vendor offerings: and assigning subjective rankings based on architecture, functionality and cost.

"These RFP sessions provide a true simulation of the bid review process for unified communications vendors and are very popular at the Enterprise Connect show," said Larry Levenberg, vp, NEC Corporation of America. "NEC consistently ranks at or near the top in delivering value to its customers and we are very pleased to win top honors for the second straight year. The consistent results we have achieved in this mock RFP further validate the value of NEC solutions."

Details about this year's results: http://goo.gl/FsRQbU

Vendor participants included NEC, Masergy, 8x8, Vonage, Sprint, Sprint proprietary, HCS infrastructure with Broadsoft, and Skype for Business.

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NEC Corporation of America (NEC) is a leading technology integrator providing solutions that improve the way people work and communicate. NEC delivers integrated Solutions for Society that are aligned with our customers' priorities to create new value for people, businesses and society, with a special focus on safety, security and efficiency. We deliver one of the industry's strongest and most innovative portfolios of communications, analytics, security, biometrics and technology solutions that unleash customers' productivity potential. Through these solutions, NEC combines its best-in-class solutions and technology, and leverages a robust partner ecosystem to solve today's most complex business problems. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in 160 countries and $25 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit www.necam.com.

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