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Vidtel and VTEL Join Forces for Multiparty Videoconferencing

January 03, 2013

Vidtel, the self-described “world’s first videoconferencing cloud,” has teamed up with Austin-based VTEL, a videoconferencing manufacturer. VTEL’s products will work in accordance with Vidtel’s MeetMe service, allowing MeetMe to carry out business-grade multiparty videoconferencing via service providers the company was not originally affiliated with.

By adding VTEL as a partner, Vidtel can now operate its services with companies like Cisco, Google, LifeSize, Polycom, Skype and other top-grade service providers and equipment vendors.

VTEL’s CEO Richard Ford explained why the partnership works well: “Offering the low cost Vidtel multipoint videoconferencing service along with VTEL IPanels enables our end-users to dramatically reduce the capital expense required to implement an enterprise-wide professional quality videoconferencing solution.”

Additionally, Ford commented on the initial draw his company had for Vidtel, saying, “VTEL has been growing rapidly over the last year due to our ability to provide a turnkey group videoconferencing system for under $5,000.”

Vidtel also felt the idea to partner was equally beneficial for both companies. Mariette Johnson Wharton, co-founder and vice president of marketing for Vidtel, said, “VTEL has a long track history of innovation in video conferencing, so it is not surprising to see VTEL embrace our cloud service.”

Wharton added that one of the biggest benefits of the partnership is now, “with Vidtel’s MeetMe, VTEL customers will enjoy enormous flexibility in terms of video conferencing with other organizations on SIP, H.323 and web-based standards.”

VTEL’s systems run on Windows 7, while Vidtel works with both PCs and Macs, so the combination of the two companies allows both services to expand their range of customers, both corporate and commercial.

Working together, VTEL and Vidtel believe they can make multiparty videoconferencing available regardless of endpoint, platform, or service. The companies also claim their joint efforts eliminate the need for exchange services and expensive bridges.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman