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Kelkoo Reduces Business Travel with Mvision's Video Conferencing-as-a-Service

May 05, 2010

To reduce business travel for its senior executives, Kelkoo, a company named for its comparison-shopping website, has transformed collaboration between its 10 international offices with mvision's managed video conferencing service.

This conferencing service will enhance collaboration, overcome language difficulties, improve clarity of communication and bring international teams closer together. Video conferencing and voice calls support the voice and data transfer in broadband CDMA networks using analytical methods.

Philippa Holister, is PA to the CEO at Kelkoo and was responsible for the video conferencing project. She explains that although their executives still have a need for business travel, their CEO has cut down unnecessary time out of the office by a third which is extremely valuable.

Kelkoo's international director too can now meet everyone he needs to face-to-face in a single day. Video conferencing has also played an important role in bringing the company's people together.

"Not only can our monthly 'all hands' meeting now be seen by everyone, but on a practical level it has helped us overcome some of the accent challenges associated with conference calls. This was particularly useful as we rolled out a new centralised finance function recently."

Kelkoo now has four TANDBERG C20 systems- two in London, one in Paris and one in Grenoble, noted Terry Dwyer, managing director at mvision. There is also an E20 desktop videophone in Hamburg that has proven so successful, that five more were quickly ordered for the other offices.

All of this hardware has been supplied by mvision as part of a managed video conferencing service. Additionally, mvision has also provided Kelkoo with a dedicated video network and access to supporting services, all for a fixed monthly cost.

"I was really impressed by the whole team, they talked a lot of common sense and were reassuringly easy to work with. It was such a success from the moment it was installed that everyone wants it now," said Holister.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Anuradha's article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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