Orange Business Services and Verizon Enterprise Solutions customers can now see eye-to-eye at video meetings; New agreement offers intercompany Cisco TelePresence meetings for greater visual collaboration
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Orange Business Services and Verizon Enterprise Solutions are joining forces to meet enterprises' increasing demand for video collaboration offerings. The two companies have signed an interprovider connectivity agreement enabling Verizon Immersive Video Exchange customers and Orange Telepresence Community customers to collaborate via video meetings with a greater pool of participating customers, partners and suppliers worldwide, using Cisco TelePresence endpoints.
Telepresence replicates face-to-face interactions so realistically that it feels as though everyone is in the same room -- even though they may be thousands of miles apart. Through this interprovider solution, enterprises already using Cisco TelePresence provided by either Orange or Verizon can hold real-time video meetings with one another in a highly secure, consistent and transparent manner.
Telepresence has inherent business benefits such as easy remote collaboration, quicker decision-making and issue resolution, more efficient use of limited resources and stronger relationships. By expanding the telepresence community, these advantages can be extended beyond internal collaboration and decision-making to facilitate all aspects of external business communications throughout all of the company's stakeholder relations.
Andrew McFadzen, head of International Network Solutions at Orange Business Services, said: "Orange is committed to implementing interexchange services to make it easier for our customers to communicate via telepresence, regardless of network or exchange. This agreement expands the telepresence ecosystem for customers of both providers, generating an even more compelling return on investment for telepresence customers. Our objective is to make telepresence as border-free as a phone call. We will continue to work with companies like Verizon to provide our customers access to as many options as possible and enabling them to take full advantage of the business benefits of real-time, virtual meetings through telepresence."
Mike Palmer, vice president of product strategy for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, said: "The consumerization of IT is helping to drive a new expectations and greater demand for video in the workplace. Our agreement with Orange takes another step toward making video communications as available and simple to use as voice, while increasing a company's return on its telepresence investment. Now video meetings can drive greater productivity and value across the four walls of one particular business or one particular network."
Verizon now has telepresence interoperability agreements with BT, Cisco, Orange and Tata as well as an Open Video Communications offering that links video systems that were previously incompatible.
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France Telecom-Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with 172,000 employees worldwide, including 105,000 employees in France, and sales of 45.3 billion euros in 2011. Present in 35 countries, the Group had a customer base of 226 million customers at 31 December 2011, including 147 million customers under the Orange brand, the Group's single brand for internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates. At 31 December 2011, the Group had 167 million mobile customers and 14 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.
With its industrial project, "conquests 2015", Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group's ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development
France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.
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