Nortel Meridian Mail Voicemail Replacement

Nortel Meridian Mail was one of the first digital voicemail systems. Meridian mail was targeted to medium to large-sized businesses and was popular both in the Americas and abroad. In 2006 Nortel announced the end-of-life for Meridian Mail, with final sunset dates through 2009, which drove organizations and government entities using this voicemail system to need a viable replacement.

Callware’s Callegra.UC and Callegra.UC JITC are the logical choices to replace this legacy Nortel Meridian Mail system, because Callegra.UC:

  • Uses your existing telephone PBX switches.
  • Does not require upgrades to your existing handsets.
  • Enables transition to VoIP / SIP-enabled systems.
  • Easily scales to the size of your existing Meridian Mail system, from 500 to 500,000 Users and beyond.

Callegra.UC is feature rich and brings all of the capabilities you need for voicemail, auto attendant, unified messaging, speech recognition, inbound and outbound fax services, text to speech email reading over the telephone, multi-site networking and advanced disaster recovery configurations. Callegra.UC covers your existing Meridian Mail feature-set, while providing you access to upgraded features and newer technologies such as Unified Messaging.

Callegra.UC is a leader in helping organizations transition to VoIP / SIP-enabled systems by moving legacy (TDM) systems to VoIP / SIP through the use of a VoIP gateway. Additionally, Callegra.UC can integrate with both legacy PBX’s and VoIP systems simultaneously so that all Users, across multiple platforms, can use a single Callegra.UC system.

Supporting a legacy Meridian Mail system can be expensive, problematic, time-consuming, and a security risk for your organization. Callegra.UC has many support tiers available, is updated regularly, is based on the latest stable technologies, and Callware has provided voicemail systems for three decades.

Legacy Voicemail SystemsAn investment in Callegra.UC is an investment in future technology. Unlike voicemail and unified messaging systems sold by switch manufacturers, Callegra.UC is specifically designed to integrate with every major make and model of telephone system currently on the market. Because Callegra.UC uses industry standard protocols, it can interoperate with your existing telephone system and almost any new telephone system that you decide to invest in.

Through the use of Scalable and Multi PBX/VoIP Integrations you can transparently bridge multiple brands of switches and/or multiple locations, transforming your heterogeneous telephony environment into a single unified communications infrastructure. This enables you to add new telephone switches as needed and update older switches without costly upgrades of your entire system. This type of functionality will enable you to grow your environment in new and different ways than were available to you through your legacy Meridian Mail system.

In addition, Callegra.UC provides an easy-to-use administration tool, available across a LAN and WAN environment. CallegraADMIN provides visual management, maintenance, and updating of the Callegra.UC system is easy and intuitive to use.

The product’s high-security edition provides extra security features, for implementations where confidentiality and high security is a requirement, such as those needed for banking, healthcare, and government.

For an example of this type of replacement in action, please see our spotlighted deployment: Callegra.UC replaces Indiana State University’s legacy voicemail for 2500+ Users

Brief History of Nortel Meridian Mail Voicemail systems:

Nortel was founded in 1895 as Northern Electric and Manufacturing. In the mid-80s, Nortel introduced the Meridian Mail voicemail system. This voicemail system was designed to compete in the small-to-mid scale markets and was paired with Meridian switches. In 2006, Nortel announced the retirement of Meridian Mail. In 2009, during Nortel’s bankruptcy, Nortel’s enterprise solutions business was sold to Avaya.