BT and Orange Business Services in pact to extend Telepresence connectivity

BT and Orange Business Services have joined hands for a
commercial service to allow each other’s video exchange customers to
participate in telepresence meetings with one another.

The global partnership will allow BT and Orange to help
telepresence users reach more partners, suppliers, customers and business
prospects at public and private end-points across their networks.

The collaboration is a significant industry advance
toward establishing a smooth, end-to-end telepresence experience and has been
trialed with existing major global enterprise customers. The service is
available to all BT and Orange Telepresence Community customers, using Cisco
TelePresence equipment.

BT and
Orange are committed to implementing inter-exchange services to make it easier
for customers to communicate via video regardless of network or exchange.

The agreement will facilitate real-time, virtual meetings
around the world. A directory helps customers see which organizations are
registered and what locations are available through the inter-provider

This allows any Cisco TelePresence customer of BT’s
Global Video Exchange or Orange Business Services Telepresence Community to
invite each other’s clients to join them in multipoint telepresence meetings.

This agreement is the latest addition to the expansion
of the video industry’s connectivity capabilities and is an important step
forward. It demonstrates our commitment to increasing the network of accessible
telepresence locations for our customers and increasing the return on their
investments,” said Rich Lowe, CEO of BT Conferencing.

Replacing face-to-face meetings with telepresence
doesn’t only reduce travel time and expenses of face-to-face meetings, but also
speeds up decision-making, increases productivity, and enhances
cross-organizational collaboration that might not exist without virtual
meetings,” said Andrew McFadzen, head of International Network Solutions at
Orange Business Services.

Customers can use the intercompany service by contacting
their respective service provider. They will be given the necessary
conferencing information to share with the other meeting participants so that
they too can join the meeting. Customers will maintain their existing
commercial relationship with their service provider.

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