Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Telefónica and Orange Business Services to deliver interoperable telepresence

PARIS, FRANCE & MADRID, SPAIN: Telefónica International Wholesale Services and Orange Business Services, leading providers of communication services, have signed an agreement to allow customers in their respective networks to conduct seamless telepresence sessions.

This agreement is an important step forward in creating an open environment that allows customers of various telepresence providers open access to connect across a much broader business ecosystem.

The value proposition for telepresence encompasses an end-to-end solution beginning with a consulting phase through to the management of all telepresence network service elements. Choosing a solution from a provider that offers interoperability with other telepresence providers benefits companies by allowing them to connect with customers, suppliers and partners across the global telepresence community.

Implementing a telepresence solution brings key business benefits such as:

cost optimization – saving travel-related costs (time and resources), reducing carbon emissions and improving work/life balance, and
productivity improvement – fostering a collaborative culture through advanced visual, audio & collaboration technologies that create meeting environments close to real life for small or large groups.

Orange Business Services and Telefónica International Wholesale Services have teamed with Polycom and other leading service providers from around the world to launch the new Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC). The OVCC will solve a key barrier to broader visual communications adoption by enabling interoperable global B2B connectivity for telepresence and video conferencing across service provider networks.

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