BT demonstrates UC-optimized, managed video conference service

Competition in the video conferencing space continues to heat up. On the heels of the Cisco-Verizon announcement on home telepresence, BT (NYSE: BT) demonstrated a "collaborative" video conference linking 20 global locations that used different technology suppliers, types of equipment and network connectivity.

The demonstration also made clear that BT is as anxious as any provider to highlight its UC (unified communications) capabilities. Both audio and Web conferencing services were available during the event along with live Web streaming, in addition to the video interoperability demo.

"This innovation further demonstrates the value BT's managed services bring to our customers," said Aaron McCormack, CEO, BT Conferencing. "We enable organizations to connect over multiple networks using various equipment types, ensuring that our customers' technology investments are maximized while extending the reach, quality and effectiveness of communications."

BT's Global Video Exchange service will be available starting in December and features flat rate pricing as well as managed and hosted communication services.

For more:
- see the news release

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