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January 19, 2013

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review

By Amanda Ciccatelli
TMCnet Web Editor

The evolving conferencing industry has introduced numerous innovative products that now allow companies of every size to more conveniently and more affordably attend meetings at any location.

Kicking off the week, AT&T (News - Alert) is looking to deliver ubiquitous cloud-based video conferencing across a variety of networks and devices with the help of Polycom (News - Alert). Both companies are board-level founders of the Open Visual Communications Consortium, an industry body with a mission is to develop and support a ubiquitous video marketplace.

This innovation will involve AT&T selling the service, to be delivered for businesses and consumers using connectivity options that include the purpose-built AT&T Business Exchange for conference bridging, MPLS, Internet access options and wireless. And, Polycom will bring the Polycom RealPresence Platform to the table, a software infrastructure for supporting interoperable, universal video across applications, devices and network protocols.

"Together with AT&T, we are reshaping and expanding the capabilities of cloud-delivered video communications, making it easier for businesses to connect and collaborate with each other," said Andy Miller, president and CEO of Polycom. "We’re creating video solutions for customers that are as simple, reliable and as universal as dial tone, so they can collaborate without worrying about vendor, device or network-specific restrictions. It just works."

In other conferencing news, Arkadin (News - Alert) will enhance its operations in Poland by providing customers with its audio and Web collaboration services offering. To function within the challenging economic environment, businesses need to have robust conferencing and collaboration communications technologies, which can help in reducing business travel, bringing down costs and carbon outlays.

Arkadin's suite of audio and Web conferencing services include the Arkadin Anytime is an easy-to-use and cost-effective reservation-less audio conferencing service designed for up to 100 participants.

Remy Prouvost, Arkadin VP of CEMEA, said, "After a year in the region, we're very pleased with the strong performance and long-term outlook. Our complete range of audio and Web collaboration solutions, coupled with our local service offering, equips businesses to succeed in a 24/7 business environment where sharing and collaboration are key drivers for success."

Lastly, Voxeet teleconferencing company has won the Bandwidth Voice App Igniter Challenge, a title that comes with $600,000 worth of IP communication services from Bandwidth’s inetwork platform. Voxeet CEO and Founder Stephane Giraudie said the award from Bandwidth through the Voice App Igniter Challenger is a testament to the company’s hard work.

Voxeet’s business teleconferencing service is known for its clear sound, its ability to hold multiple conversations at the same time and its catchy audio and visual cues that help users identify who is speaking during the call. Despite the competitive market, Voxeet has given businesses a viable alternative to large-scale teleconference companies like GoToMeeting and WebEx.

"We have spent years on tireless research and development to create a web conferencing solution that is truly different from everything else on the market today,” Giraudie said. "Bandwidth's inetwork will help propel us the next level and make Voxeet ubiquitous, while helping millions of people enjoy natural conversations - dramatically improving their collaboration experiences."

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