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VoIP, unified messaging, products and services
Network World - Orange Business Services has had two announcements in recent weeks that are noteworthy: the company has deployed new unified communications and voice services based on Microsoft Lync 2013, and it has launched an Orange Video Meeting app providing video meetings via tablet or mobile device based on Radvision Scopia Mobile platform.
Orange Business Services provides Microsoft Lync-based unified communications services as part of Business Together portfolio, and with the Microsoft Lync 2013 release, its customers will benefit from enhanced Lync 2013 functionality and capabilities with features like multiparty HD video, mobile voice and video (3G/4G/Wi-Fi) and Web clients, social capabilities and Skype federation. Business Together Microsoft UC services combines Orange Business Services' infrastructure and support services, in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and most high-growth markets — with additional locations planned.
Paul Molinier, vice president for Unified Communications & Collaboration at Orange Business Services commented in a statement saying, "End-to-end support provided on a global basis by a single provider reduces the complexity of a global voice services deployment. Supporting several hundred customers with more than 1.2 million IP phones, Orange Business Services has 10 years of experience helping organizations tailor the best UC strategy to meet their specific goals."
In a separate move, Orange Business Services has also launched an Orange Video Meeting app enabling access to video meetings through its cloud-based Open Videopresence service. Available for both Android and Apple devices, the Orange Video Meeting app is powered by Scopia Mobile technology from Radvision, an Avaya Company.
The telepresence service is available in 107 countries, enabling meetings from the market's major vendors, including various types of videoconference rooms, desktops and possibly telepresence rooms, on any network. PC and Mac access use the Scopia Desktop light and full-featured conferencing client from Radvision. Orange Video Meeting is available for free downloading to a mobile device or tablet from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Eric Monchy, vice president of Videoconferencing, Orange Business Services commented in a statement saying, "Enabling video access whatever the device and the location is key to developing video usage. Making access equally easy for employees, customers and partners, regardless of device or location, makes videoconferencing a go-to collaboration tool and not one that is reserved for special meetings. Orange Video Meeting . . . enables one-touch remote access to videoconferencing in today's environment of 'bring your own device' and mobile workforces."
Read more about voip & convergence in Network World's VoIP & Convergence section.
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.