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Cloud Video Conferencing in South Africa


September 06, 2013

Video conferencing gives organizations different options to use their resources more effectively. It allows companies to conduct meetings around the world, consult with experts, collaborate with colleagues, and talk to customers without leaving the comfort of their premises. In developing countries, infrastructure limitations can prohibit the full implementation of video conferencing technology, but in areas where the infrastructure permits the use of the technology, video conferencing is providing solutions for many businesses.

In order to increase video conferencing usage, Kathea, a distributor of visual communications solutions in South Africa, is extending cloud video conferencing around the country. Besides being used as an effective solution for businesses, the company believes the technology can give individuals a platform for seeking the services of professionals such as attorneys and doctors. The company is using the Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite, a scalable platform that can be setup as a private cloud service or public/private hybrid.

Although the company is optimistic about the adoption of the technology, it faces many challenges with the speed and cost of broadband in South Africa, but as the price point keep decreasing they will be able to provide Cloud VC in more regions in the country.

The Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite allows businesses to collaborate with each other easily and securely independent of application, system, or device. As an extension of the Polycom RealPresence Platform software it provides private and public cloud deployments with universal access to businesses and consumers with an enterprise grade video conferencing offering interoperability, reliability, and security with the highest quality.

The platform can be accessed through a browser to host or join video conferencing sessions using many different devices including mobile, desktop, room, and immersive theater. Anyone can join a session with a click-to-connect option that allows users to participate with the right URL link in an IM, e-mail, or calendar invitation. The presence-aware global directory integrates contacts from social applications such as Facebook, Skype, and Google Talk for spontaneous and secure video collaboration meetings.

With the introduction of affordable smartphones and improved infrastructure in developing countries, the population will be able to use cloud video conferencing to collaborate on business opportunities as well as much needed services no matter where they happen to live.




Edited by Alisen Downey




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