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AT&T Offers Network-Based Videoconferencing Bridging Capability

June 09, 2010

AT&T, a provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services, offers a network-based videoconferencing bridging capability to market. This capability allows Cisco Telepresence technology users to conduct inter-company sessions with standard-definition and high-definition video equipment from numerous vendors.

This network-based telepresence inter-company interoperability capability is offered for Cisco Telepresence via the AT&T Telepresence Solution Business Exchange.
The new feature can be utilized by companies to dramatically boost the number of available endpoints that can combine telepresence and videoconferencing calls by the use of virtual private networks, or over ISDN links. With this, businesses can connect to more customers, partners and suppliers using present videoconferencing equipment from brands like LifeSize, Polycom and Tandberg, a brand that was recently obtained by Cisco. This solution from AT&T offers a dependable and scalable solution that is ideal for accommodating the needs of businesses who seek a network-based interoperability solution that's easy to use and is more flexible.
Joe Lueckenhoff, the senior vice president at AT&T Business Solutions, stated that this new capability enables the customers of AT&T Telepresence Solution using Cisco TelePresence technology to make the return on their investment stronger, to push more productivity and extend the opportunity of business innovation all through their enterprises, partners and suppliers. This feature is another example of how AT&T is helping enterprise customers change the way they do business by providing highly developed applications and capabilities via virtual private networks to endpoints.
Mark Weidick, the vice president and general manager of Cisco's Telepresence Exchange Business Unit, said that as a provider with a Cisco license for inter-company interoperability and a provider of exchange-based inter-company interoperability with Cisco Telepresence, AT&T marks another key milestone in the mission of Cisco to alter the way people communicate and work together. AT&T continues on the development of creative video collaboration solutions and this new feature.
AT&T made news headlines recently when it announced that beginning June 7, 2010, it would offer two mobile data plans for new iPad buyers.

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

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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