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June 26, 2012

Rostelecom Turns to SPIRIT DSP for Licenses

By Jyothi Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

Rostelecom recently inked new agreement with SPIRIT DSP (News - Alert), a specialist in voice and video over IP engines provider, for its software licenses.

Rostelecom is a national telecommunications operator in Russia offering integrated telecom solutions including local and intra-zone telephone services, international long-distance and domestic long-distance services, mobile voice, data, broadband Internet access and pay-TV services to 43 million subscribers across Russia, and has a nationwide LTE license.

Rostelecom (News - Alert) officials are buying these licenses to offer OTT (Over-the-Top) multipoint videoconferencing service to its corporate customers under its own brand.

"Implementation of our new service was determined by increasing demand for cloud-based videoconferencing," said a representative from Rostelecom.

The main advantages of this service is its ability to provide HD video quality while allowing their clients to save on purchasing and maintenance of expensive videoconferencing solutions, since the corporate videoconferencing system organization and technical support will be carried out using a service platform at Rostelecom’s data center.

VideoMost is a multipoint Web-based videoconferencing software-only product, helping telecom carriers, service/SaaS (News - Alert) providers and enterprises deliver a self-branded videoconferencing service from the cloud or with on-premises installation.

The software is powered by SPIRIT's TeamSpirit Conferencing Platform (both server- and client-side).

"By white-labeling VideoMost web-video-conferencing software, Rostelecom can generate new revenue and increase customer satisfaction with their own-branded Web-videoconferencing offering, as well as lower operating costs and reduce churn," said Alex Zakharov, SPIRIT's head of Telco Relationships. "Through licensing the VideoMost software and building its own videoconferencing service that's integrated with its billing system, Rostelecom can now effectively and aggressively compete against OTT VVoIP providers."

Rostelecom's Web-videoconferencing service is priced at $20 per month for unlimited use.

VideoMost is built in such a way that there is no requirement of any hardware equipment to participate (just internet access, a webcam, a mic or headset) and requires no registration and allows participants anywhere to start a video conference instantly on their PCs, Macs and iPads.Want to learn more about video? Then be sure to attend the Video World Conference & Expo, collocated with ITEXPO West 2012 taking place Oct. 2-5, in Austin, TX. The Video World Conference & Expo highlights the latest strategies and technologies available to executives who are serious about leveraging emerging video communications capabilities to build competitive advantage. By bringing together the industry’s most innovative video technology vendors with end-users who are pioneering the use of video in the corporate environment, the Video World Conference & Expo mirrors a burgeoning market -- no longer just a corporate novelty -- with a growing appetite for learning the best practices in implementing video to make business communications more engaging and effective. For more information on registering for the Video World Conference & Expo click here.

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Edited by Braden Becker


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