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VoIP, unified messaging, products and services
Network World - AT&T and Polycom have announced a strategic agreement to personalize, mobilize and virtualize video meetings. AT&T will supply its Business Exchange, MPLS, Internet and mobility networks, while Polycom will provide its RealPresence Platform, offering greater availability of cloud-based video communication and collaboration. The partners' bundled solution is designed to offer increased customer choice through expanded interoperability at a lower total cost of ownership.
As part of the solution, AT&T will incorporate the Polycom RealPresence Platform as part of the AT&T Telepresence Solution video infrastructure in the AT&T Business Exchange. By offering a fully managed AT&T Telepresence Solution, customers will now have access to a range of fully managed services that include Polycom RealPresence video solutions offered in 40 countries -- including immersive and multipurpose rooms, and personal systems. Video equipment is available as part of the managed service for a monthly fee helping to reduce the burden on internal IT resources and leaving customers more time to focus on business-critical activities.
Polycom will also use AT&T as its preferred internal wide area network service provider, using AT&T's MPLS VPN service. The network will carry Polycom video, voice and data communications including access to the AT&T Business Exchange to and from more than 80 locations around the globe, including the Polycom Customer Experience and Briefing Centers.
Commenting in a statement, Andy Miller, president and CEO of Polycom, said, "Together with AT&T, we are reshaping and expanding the capabilities of cloud-delivered video communications, making it easier for businesses to connect and collaborate with each other. With Polycom's commitment to openness, standards and interoperability, and AT&T's commitment to networks, applications and interconnectivity, we're creating video solutions for customers that are as simple, reliable and as universal as dial tone so they can collaborate without worrying about vendor, device or network-specific restrictions."
Michael Bowling, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Solutions, added, "Our goal is to lead the innovation curve by introducing solutions and services that make communications easier, anytime, anywhere, on any device. The work between AT&T and Polycom will bring customers new capabilities, help expand their reach and use of video collaboration and ultimately deliver lasting impacts by transforming how they get work done."
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Steve Taylor is president of Distributed Networking Associates and publisher/editor-in-chief of Webtorials. Larry Hettick, an independent analyst and consultant, is a 30-year industry veteran. He has covered VoIP and UC at Network World for 12 years.