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February 8, 2012

BT, Verizon join forces to expand their telepresence range

Verizon, BT now communicate with each other via Cisco TelePresence

By CBR Staff Writer

BT and Verizon Enterprise Solutions have signed an agreement to extend the range of their telepresence immersive-video to enable virtual face-to-face collaboration in more locations around the world.

Under the new agreement, customers of Verizon and BT are now able to communicate with each other via Cisco TelePresence, expanding the community, t helping clients collaborate globally and in improving productivity.

Telepresence supports a wide range of business-to-business applications and vertical industries, ranging from joint product development to supply chain management to customer meetings.

Further, Verizon and BT telepresence customers will experience the same interface and service quality, with similar scheduling, support, security and encryption.

In addition, customers will have access to a directory to determine which organisations are registered and are available for intercarrier telepresence meetings and where the sites are located.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions Product Strategy vice-president Mike Palmer said the new agreement makes video communications more widely available to meet the needs of the evolving nature of work.

"As businesses adopt collaboration and mobility technologies to expand beyond the four walls of a traditional office, we’re seeing more of our customers turning to advanced collaboration tools like telepresence to help boost their overall productivity and performance," said Palmer.

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BT Conferencing CEO Rich Lowe said the agreement, the latest expansion of the video industry’s connectivity capabilities, is an important step forward.

"Being able to connect across telepresence networks greatly expands the reach and value of the service.The more locations customers can reach, the greater the business benefit and the more quickly they can realise return on their video investment," said Lowe.

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