Octel is a multi-platform provider of networking solutions and voice-mail services. Octel was founded by Robert Cohen, a product manager for a computerized instrumentation equipment company, and Peter Olson, an engineer.
It offers a comprehensive range of communication solutions ranging from a complete, to a proactive maintenance program comprising of onsite and remote access, basic telephone, broadband, leased lines, PRA(Pri)BRA(Bri)VoIP, networking, ISDN and analogue lines, structured cabling, telephony PBX, and many others.
The firm became profitable in 1986, considered a fast takeoff for a startup technology firm. A 1987 ruling court ruling changed telecommunications regulations to allow the regional Bell telephone companies to begin offering telecommunications services like voice mail. They were, however, not allowed to manufacture their own equipment, and several decided to use Octel's equipment in their systems.
Founded in 1994, Octel was purchased by Alcatel-Lucent in 1997.
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