Telecom Group New Zealand taps Polycom to offer video services to businesses

Telecom Lead Asia: Telecom Group, New Zealand, will utilize Polycom RealPresence Platform as its software infrastructure to offer Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) to business customers.

Leanne Buer, Acting GM Marketing, Gen-i Australasia.

Polycom RealPresence Platform will power both Gen-I, Telecom’s ICT services division, and Telecom Group hosted video offerings.

The Polycom RealPresence Platform integrates with Gen-i and Telecom Group core networking and security infrastructure to deliver secure collaboration across heterogeneous networks with up to 50 percent less bandwidth consumption than other solutions.

The RealPresence Platform will help in delivering VaaS offerings to subscribers in SMBs, enterprises, and government organizations.

Last week, Polycom announced that RealPresence Platform supports the industry’s first open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding) protocol, with 3X HD multipoint video call capacity for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments.

Moreover, Gen-i and Telecom Group VaaS offerings will deliver face-to-face communication and collaboration capabilities to customers through a subscription based model, providing businesses with access to Polycom’s video systems, including availability over tablets and mobile devices. All hosting, management and provisioning will be managed by Gen-i and Telecom Group.

“In today’s competitive market, New Zealand businesses are tasked with finding the most efficient and cost-effective ways to accelerate operations,” said Leanne Buer, Acting GM Marketing, Gen-i Australasia.

“With our new cloud-based Video-as-a-Service offering, in partnership with Polycom, we are making it easier and more affordable for our customers to deploy video across their organizations. It’s as simple-to-use as setting up a mobile phone service,” she added.

“Delivering Video-as-a-Service offering on a pay-for-use model vastly reduces the up-front investment to almost nothing, so organizations can begin to reap the benefits of video collaboration as fast and as inexpensively as possible,” said Gary Denman, managing director, Polycom Australia and New Zealand.

According to a recent news report in, Polycom is stepping up pressure on Cisco with a number of innovative solutions. Polycom’s RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite allows customers to add anyone on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk and other business video applications to their video conferences from a browser.

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