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New CompTIA Convergence+ Certification Now Available.

Credential targets growing data/voice convergence market

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the world's leading provider of vendor-neutral certifications for technology professionals, announced today its newest certification, CompTIA Convergence+[TM], is now available worldwide.

CompTIA Convergence+ certification is designed to help information technology (IT) and communications professionals expand their skills beyond data-only or voice-only capabilities so they are qualified to support and maintain the new methods of communicating made possible by convergence technology solutions. The credential validates knowledge and skill in the area of communications technologies where data, voice, video, and broadcast multimedia technologies are combined in a single IP-based delivery system.

Convergence technologies such as voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony, unified messaging and web conferencing continue to gain market share among organizations of all sizes and across multiple industries.

"Organizations believe that convergence solutions will provide them with enormous flexibility to manage and administer voice and data networks together; to boost efficiency; and to contain costs," said John Venator, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. "To turn these beliefs into reality, our industry must develop a workforce capable of helping customers maximize the benefits and opportunities made possible by the delivery of data, voice and multimedia over the same network.

"CompTIA Convergence+ was developed at the urging of the convergence industry," Venator added. "This certification fills a void and a need for an industry-accepted credential that validates foundation-level skills for IT and communications professionals working with these emerging technologies."

Research by CompTIA and other industry sources indicates that organizations are aggressively deploying convergence solutions. Nearly one-third of the more than 350 small and medium-sized businesses surveyed last fall by CompTIA said they intend to buy new phone systems or make significant new investment in their current phone systems in the next 12 months. Other indicators of the growing presence of convergence solutions include the following:

* The VoIP market for small and medium-sized businesses is expected to reach US $1 billion-plus by 2009. (Source: Yankee Group)

* The total market value for services using VoIP is forecast to grow almost 10-fold in revenue terms over the next five years. (Source: Juniper Research)

* By 2012, there are projected to be 267 million residential VoIP subscribers worldwide. (Source: ABI Research)

* The number of IT and telephony workers around the world will exceed 20 million by 2008. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor)

Organizations that worked with CompTIA to develop the convergence certification included Avaya, a leading global provider of business communications applications, services and systems; Catalyst Telecom, a value-added distributor of convergence communications solutions including data, voice and video; Collin County Community College District in Texas, which serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs; Intel Corporation, the world's largest chip maker and a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products; Marcraft International Corp., a leading producer of technical textbooks, hardware, software and courseware for over 30 years; and Thomson Course Technology, the worldwide leader in computing education.

For more information on CompTIA Convergence+, visit: http://certification.comptia.org/convergence/default.aspx.

About CompTIA

In 2007, CompTIA is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Just as the information technology (IT) industry it serves has grown, CompTIA has also enjoyed remarkable growth over the past 25 years. The organization was founded by representatives of five micro-computer dealerships working together to find better ways to do business. Today, CompTIA has more than 22,000 member companies in over 100 countries around the world; and serves as the voice of the world's $1 trillion-plus IT industry. CompTIA is committed to advancing the long-term success and growth of the IT industry by helping organizations maximize the benefits they receive from their investments in technology; and by helping individuals to obtain the skills and credentials they need for productive careers in IT. For more information, please visit: www.comptia.org.
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