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AT&T and Polycom Announce Video Collaboration Partnership

F.Y. Teng | Jan. 16, 2013
The companies will jointly roll out an integrated telepresence platform, and new service bundles and VPN services.

Unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions provider, Polycom, Inc., and connectivity and cloud services giant AT&T announced on Wednesday (January 16, 2013) that they had entered a strategic agreement to, in the words of a statement they issued, "personalise, mobilise and virtualise video meetings."

The partnership will enable the companies to leverage the combined strengths and capabilities of the AT&T Business Exchange, MPLS, Internet and mobility networks, as well as the Polycom RealPresence Platform.

According to representatives from the partnering companies, the combination should "create greater availability of cloud-delivered video communication capabilities-giving customers, unmatched choice in when, how, and where they collaborate."

"With Polycom's commitment to openness, standards and interoperability and AT&T's commitment to networks, applications and interconnectivity, 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," said Polycom's President and CEO, Andy Miller, "It just works."

"The work between AT&T and Polycom will bring customers new capabilities, help expand their reach and use of video collaboration and ultimately deliver lasting impacts by transforming how they get work done," said AT&T Business Solutions' Chief Marketing Officer, Michael Bowling.

Executives from both companies also went on to cite the following among "the first wave of capabilities" to come out of the partnership.

New highly interoperable on-demand virtual meeting room capabilities, and advanced video collaboration functions at lower total costs of ownership. (These are expected due to the incorporation of the Polycom RealPresence Platform within the AT&T Telepresence Solution video infrastructure in the AT&T Business Exchange.) And fully managed service bundles-incorporating offerings under AT&T Telepresence Solution and Polycom RealPresence.


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