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Conferencing Week in Review: BCS Global Networks, LoopUp, Orange Business Services All Connect


December 20, 2014

It was an interesting week in the conferencing field, with companies making new announcements about joint efforts and new ways to make conferencing easier. Here are some highlights.

Improvements in mobile technology and wireless broadband now make it possible for individuals to hold video conferences on their smartphones, tablets and other computing devices from virtually anywhere, Tech Writer Mike Guta reported. This has introduced new levels of efficiency and productivity that’s giving organizations and employees more flexibility on where and when they can work. With so many opportunities in the marketplace, global service providers are merging to maximize their resources and improve the solutions they provide to their customers. The latest merger to take place is between BCS Global Networks and Video Guidance, two established players in the videoconferencing market. According to the merger announcement, they will be offering cloud-based conferencing technology. This gives participants a telepresence solution delivering real-time rich interactive audio, video and web collaboration with access to their mobile devices, desktops, home offices, boardrooms or telepresence suites.

In other news, LoopUp, an award-winning service that provides simple, secure and pain-free business conference calls and online meetings, garnered yet another award when it recently won the European Frost & Sullivan Award for Entrepreneurial Company of the Year. Frost & Sullivan said in a release that it “finds that LoopUp provides an uncomplicated, hassle-free conferencing experience for its end users, without compromising on the conferencing must-haves of robust reliability and security. This simple, intuitive experience has helped it achieve 45 percent growth in its European business in 2013, and the company is all set to expand further.”

Elsewhere, it was reported that Orange Business Services is providing solutions for Hilti Group’s globally distributed teams. Orange is providing a managed, unified video conferencing solution available at all of Hilti’s locations. The offering makes use of Hilti’s existing equipment and connects multi-vendor endpoints as well as integrates more than 45 video conferencing rooms and multiple mobile conferencing devices. Employees may now use their Microsoft Lync Online clients, part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite, to connect to video conferences.

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