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June 16, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review

By Ashok Bindra
TMCnet Contributor

As video conferencing and calling gains momentum, service providers are increasingly announcing new plans and services, while solutions providers are enhancing their performance to meet consumer demands. Amidst this, others are inking distribution deals to expand market share.

Video conferencing and collaboration solutions provider IOCOM exhibited its cloud-based video conferencing solution, Visimeet, at the InfoComm 2012, reported TMCnet contributor Nathesh.  The report shows that Visimeet has the ability to connect multiple videos in a single meeting and stream the videos with little to no lag. Plus, it allows users to adjust the video size to accommodate the number of videos in a meeting, bandwidth, or preferences. Visimeet is both Mac and PC friendly, and can connect to traditional video conferencing systems, wrote Nathesh.

Value-added IP telephony distributor Jenne inked a distribution deal with video conferencing solutions provider LifeSize (News - Alert). Under this deal, Jenne will carry entire line of LifeSize Unity Series HD video conferencing solutions, reported TMCnet. According to Jenne, as per this report, Unity is an affordable, simple-to-install, plug-and-play video solution that includes everything an end-customer would need to establish a high quality telepresence for a business – including the television display -- at an economical price. In addition, Jenne will also be offering the more advanced LifeSize Universal Video Collaboration (UVC) platform, a scalable, single-interface video infrastructure solution.

In another report, Nathesh wrote that InterCall has been named as Frost & Sullivan’s (News - Alert) conferencing service provider of the year in Asia Pacific. The award recognized the company’s revenue growth, portfolio diversity, major wins and key achievements in financial year 2011. Per the report, this is the fifth consecutive year the company has received this honor. The company grew 23.8 percent in 2011 alone. Besides driving markets in emerging economics linke China and India, InterCall (News - Alert) continues to targeted growth verticals of banking and financial services, manufacturing and healthcare in mature markets like Australia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, wrote Nathesh.

Lastly, TMCnet contributing writer Kayvon Ghoreshi reported that Open Visual Communications Consortium, or OVCC is planning to make video calling as simple as accessing your cellphone. Supported by eight different network and managed service providers, the OVCC collaboration marks the first service milestone for the providers to move towards a plan that will hopefully result in delivering high-quality video collaboration connecting any vendor to any network or device at any time, wrote Ghoreshi. While there are eight networks supporting the plan, only four have developed an interconnected network for the system. These carriers are AT&T, Bharti Airtel, Masergy, and Orange (News - Alert) Business Services. The other four backing the collaboration are BCS Global, BT, Glowpoint, and Verizon.

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