|[October 03, 2013]
Comcast Business Expands Upware Cloud Marketplace with AnyMeeting Web Conferencing Tool for Small Business
PHILADELPHIA --(Business Wire)--
Business today announced that AnyMeeting,
a fast-emerging leader in small business web conferencing, has joined
marketplace. Upware is a suite of cloud-based business solutions that
can be purchased and accessed on-demand through Comcast's (News - Alert) integrated web
Four-way video call using AnyMeeting on Upware by Comcast Business. (Photo: Business Wire)
The availability on Comcast's Upware marks the first time that
AnyMeeting's full-featured web conferencing solution is available
"as-a-service" by a telecommunications channel partner, marking an
important milestone in its growth strategy. The companies will work
together to offer AnyMeeting, which addresses a complete range of small
business needs including six-way video conferencing, VoIP audio
conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and mobile
Small business represents the fastest growing segment of the web
conference market, according to AMI-Partners, a global market research
firm specializing in telecommunications and cloud services for SMBs.
"Our research has revealed that small businesses in North America will
spend over $1.4 billion annually on web conferencing services by 2016 -
up from $560 million in 2012 - representing a 26 percent compound annual
growth rate," said Clayton Miller, Associate, AMI-Partners. "The
availability of cloud-based web conferencing solutions through channel
partners will help drive this growth."
AnyMeeting brings several features to Comcast cloud customers that it
has learned are uniquely important to small businesses, such as
personalized meeting URLs, social media integration, personal profile
pages and PayPal (News - Alert) integration to monetize meetings. It's also priced for
small business, at less than half the cost of most enterprise solutions.
"Maintaining a productive workplace is not easy for SMB owners because
theirbusiness pulls them in so many different directions," said Kevin
O'Toole, senior vice president/general manager, New Business Solutions
at Comcast Business. "Comcast is in a unique position to help by
offering cloud-based solutions like AnyMeeting, through the Upware
marketplace, that have been properly vetted and meet our high standards.
We do all of the research and evaluation on the front end so
entrepreneurs don't have to."
Upware, which was launched in February 2013, simplifies application
management with the convenience of a single sign-on, making access fast
and easy for individual users. In addition, business owners can quickly
add or remove employees from the system as their business needs change.
Plus, users have the simplicity of one number to call for support,
management and troubleshooting for everything associated with their
Comcast Business Internet service including the Upware marketplace and
the software applications themselves.
"We are very excited to work with a major channel partner like Comcast,"
said Costin Tuculescu, CEO and founder of AnyMeeting. "We're seeing
small businesses embrace cloud services like ours at an accelerating
pace, and believe Comcast and the Upware marketplace will play a key
role in further driving this trend."
About Comcast Business
Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced
communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their
business objectives. Through a modern, advanced network that is backed
by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, TV and
Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.
The Comcast Business Ethernet suite offers high-performance
point-to-point and multi-point Ethernet services with the capacity to
deliver cloud computing, software-as-a-service, business
continuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications.
Comcast Ethernet services are significantly faster than standard T1
lines and other legacy technologies, providing scalable bandwidth from 1
Mbps up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in more than 20 major US
markets. For more information, call 866-429-3085 or visit http://business.comcast.com/enterprise.
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About Comcast Cable
Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and
phone provider to businesses and residential customers. Comcast has
invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among
the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video,
communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation
(Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com
for more information.
Based in Orange (News - Alert) County, California, AnyMeeting pioneered the small
business web conferencing market in 2009 with a completely free,
full-featured and easy-to-use web conferencing service tailored for
small business. Since then, it has grown to more than 400,000 small
business users of both its free ad-supported service and low-cost
ad-free options. Designed specifically for small business, AnyMeeting
offers a complete web
conferencing and webinar
service built on the company's proven Software as a Service
platform. Meeting hosts are able to invite up to 200 attendees per
meeting with no time limits, and enjoy a full range of features
including integrated video
conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and
social media integration. AnyMeeting is the best choice for small
businesses, independent professionals and just about anyone who can
benefit from online meetings. Current investors include Tech Coast
Angels, Pasadena Angels, Maverick Angels, Sand Hill Angels and Keiretsu
Forum. For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.
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