CounterPath to Free British Columbia Workforce from Winter Games Gridlock
CounterPath makes award-winning VoIP softphones available for free to B.C. enterprises to enable advanced telecommuting options and maintain productivity
Vancouver, BC, Canada — February 8, 2010 —
To help British Columbia enterprises and their workforces maximize productivity and avoid gridlock during the upcoming 2010 Olympic Winter Games, CounterPath Corporation (TSX-V: CCV; OTCBB: CPAH) is making its voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) softphones available for free to all provincial businesses, academic institutions and government agencies in the area. CounterPath will distribute softphones through Feb. 28 and validate accounts for 60 days upon activation.
CounterPath’s VoIP platform gives CIOs and IT managers a fast, convenient option for supporting telecommuting, which 70 percent of British Columbia enterprises plan to expand or begin offering in time for the 2010 Games, according to a BC Human Resources Management Association survey
. Although the 2010 Games span a little over two weeks – Feb. 12-28 – the survey found that the impact on employee commutes will last six to 10 weeks.
CounterPath’s Bria softphone goes beyond basic telecommuting services, such as voice calls and e-mail, to support a variety of other applications, including video calls, presence, file transfers and messaging, all from a single user interface and tied into the enterprise’s existing infrastructure. CounterPath’s solution also gives B.C. enterprises the flexibility to enable those applications for all employees or for specific groups, such as call center staff.
“As a Vancouver-based company, CounterPath is committed to helping B.C. enterprises and other organizations maximize employee productivity while minimizing gridlock for the 2010 Games’ athletes, organizers and spectators,” said Donovan Jones, CEO, CounterPath. “The 2010 Games also are an ideal opportunity for B.C. enterprises to develop and expand their long-term telework strategies, which are key for disaster preparedness, reducing overhead costs and attracting and retaining employees.”
“A major trend during the past several Olympics Games is the rapidly increasing number of governments and businesses promoting telework, and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games are no exception,” Bob Fortier, president of the Canadian Telework Association
. “Any product or service that can facilitate remote working is a great opportunity to improve productivity and minimize absenteeism – not just for the duration of the games, but as a long-term strategy, too.”
B.C. enterprises and other organizations can take advantage of this offer by visiting www.counterpath.com/bria-games.
### About CounterPath
CounterPath Corporation is a leading provider of innovative desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions. The company's product suite includes SIP-based softphones, server applications and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to cost-effectively integrate voice, video, presence and Instant Messaging (IM) applications into their VoIP offerings and extend functionality across both fixed and mobile networks. CounterPath's customers include some of the world's largest telecommunications service providers and network equipment providers including AT&T, Verizon, BT (British Telecommunications PLC), Deutsche Telekom, Cisco Systems, and Mitel.
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