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UC Week in Review: Telepresence Benefits

June 19, 2010

The benefits of telecommuting were the big news in unified communications this week with the release of a  new study entitled 'The Telepresence Revolution,' which was commissioned by the Carbon Disclosure Project "CDP," an independent not-for-profit organization collecting key climate change data, and sponsored by AT&T, indicated that adoption of Telepresence can reduce corporate carbon emissions by 5.5 million metric tons and will also deliver $19 billion in financial benefits to U.S. and U.K. economies by 2020.

U.S. and U.K. businesses that have replaced some business travel with Telepresence will contribute in cutting the carbon emissions by nearly 5.5 million metric tons in total. This is the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing more than one million passenger vehicles from the road for one year, says the study report.
Research firm Frost & Sullivan has released a new study that revealed that the Latin American data communications services market has posted moderate growth in 2009 since it was partially affected by the global economic meltdown and it is at a mature stage.
The firm's new report "Latin American Data Communications Services Markets - 2010" offers an analysis of the data communication services markets in Latin America, covering six main countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. It also offers an insight into the market size, drivers and restraints, a market forecast and also about the current structure of the industry.
Though the study hints at no drastic changes there were some technological changes in the region, which are likely to continue occurring due to migration of technologies, mainly from legacy to IP/MPLS. Also, as IP VPN links are expanding extensively, Circuits and Private Lines are decreasing their participation in the total market.
And CommuniGator has introduced advanced inbox testing for all of the commonly used operating systems for handheld email devices such as BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows Mobile.
One of the key factors in successful email marketing has been rendering of HTML emails in the inboxes of the widely used desktop email clients and online ESPs, noted company officials.
Last year, the company introduced the Inbox Checker that returns the users screenshot images of how their emails will be displayed in programs such as Outlook and Lotus Notes, as well as providers such as Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail.
Additionally, the HTML emails are rated by spam filtering devices. Company officials said that this gives an indication of how likely email communications are to be delivered, and also a clear indication of what the recipient will see when they arrive.

Alice Straight is a unified communications editor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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