Tata, BT team up on telepresense; Verizon enhances UC portfolio

* Any Cisco TelePresence customer of BT's Global Video Exchange or Tata Communications' Global Meeting Exchange can invite clients of the other service provider to join them in multipoint telepresence meetings

Today we bring news about a cooperative effort between Tata Communications and BT to improve the reach of their respective telepresence systems, and spotlight an announcement from Verizon about enhancements to its unified communications portfolio targeting the business market.

Today we bring news about a cooperative effort between Tata Communications and BT to improve the reach of their respective telepresence systems, and spotlight an announcement from Verizon about enhancements to its unified communications portfolio targeting the business market.

Tata and BT have joined forces so their customers can establish conferences with customers on the other's video exchange. With the intercompany service, any Cisco TelePresence customer of BT's Global Video Exchange or Tata Communications' Global Meeting Exchange can invite clients of the other service provider to join them in multipoint telepresence meetings. Each carrier will maintain its existing commercial relationship under terms of the agreement.

BT has over 350 active telepresence customer sites connected to Denver and London exchanges and access to more than 1,000 endpoints globally. Tata Communications has Global Meeting Exchange hubs in Mumbai, New York and London, and it operates 15 public meeting rooms with partners in North America, Asia Pacific, India, London and Johannesburg.

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In other news, Verizon Business has added new IP capabilities that make the adoption of unified communications and collaboration simpler and more cost-effective than ever before. The new features include:

* IP Audio Conferencing that eliminates additional per minute charges for calls originating from a Verizon IP-enabled location.

* VoIP IP Enterprise Routing (VIPER) -- a cloud-based VoIP feature for business-to-business voice calls that eliminates domestic or international per minute calling charges between Verizon VoIP customers in either the U.S. and Europe. Customers who dial into the host conference bridge to access the Verizon IP Audio Conferencing will not incur additional per minute charges from any VIPER-enabled location.

* Centralized multi-site designs for Verizon's European Hosted IP Centrex customers, along with a new pricing structure between countries where Verizon offers VoIP.

The new Verizon features are offered to enterprises using Verizon Private IP, VoIP or IP toll-free contact center services.

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