COMSATS Brings New Conferencing to Pakistan
It's easy to forget that Pakistan is a country that does about $271 billion in business in a year, by some reports. There's quite a bit of business going on within its borders, and as such, Pakistani businesses have many of the same needs as businesses anywhere else. Conferencing systems are bringing plenty of new value to Pakistan, as evidenced by COMSATS Internet Services' recent launch of a new on-sit HD video conferencing service.
The Viacon facility, as reports note, is geared toward helping bring a powerful new video conferencing option to the Pakistani region, allowing Pakistanis to take advantage of such concepts as the mobile workforce and substantial savings on business travel currently enjoyed by a range of businesses in other nations. With demands for these services growing substantially, COMSATS' move should be well-received and give the company a real leg up with new users.
The service encompasses equipment, at last report, but also boasts the necessary systems to run as well, as it's a complete managed service that seeks to provide the best experience for its customer base. COMSATS notes it has a staff specifically trained in on-site coordination measures as well as scheduling and execution, helping ensure that the hardware can do its job to the fullest and deliver the best in value.
Pricing is fairly substantial by most regular measures; the product is available on an hourly or daily basis, allowing businesses to only buy that which is needed at any given time. Pricing runs 8,999 Pakistani rupees for an hour, which as of this writing runs a little over $85 US. The price drops to $57.25's worth of rupees after that first hour for each subsequent hour, and those who want a whole day's access will need to drop roughly $477.
If those prices sound ludicrous, it's likely because they are. A check of video conferencing solution prices from last July noted that Google Hangouts ran $5 a month per user, while Adobe Connect offered a year's worth of service for just a little more than COMSATS asked for a day at $500 per year. Granted, COMSATS is offering a complete package including setup, execution, and “winding up,” but it still sounds like a punch in the wallet. It's easy to wonder just how well such a service will actually do in Pakistan given these prices, but it may have a first-mover advantage on hand, so it will be worth watching.
Still, it's exciting to see that conferencing has arrived throughout most of the world, and is delivering value for its users all over. That just proves how valuable conferencing services really are, because these services are going just about anywhere to offer a great new paradigm for businesses to use.