BT, Tandberg make telepresence moves

Telepresence continues to be one of the hottest technologies of 2008, as BT this week announced its launch of inter-company telepresence communication capabilities, and Tandberg separately expanded and upgraded its telepresence product family. Both moves come not long after Cisco Systems announced an upgrade for its telepresence system.

BT's launch of its Global Video Exchange Service makes good on roll-out plans it discussed earlier this year. Both BT and AT&T use Cisco's gear, and both committed to services allowing telepresence systems at one company to communicate with systems at a different company, perceived to be a valuable capability among corporate partners and customers. BT was among the first carriers to become associated with telepresence in early 2007.

Meanwhile, Tandberg announced a new Telepresence Server solution supporting multi-vendor conferencing endpoints, a step toward interoperability that may help broaden the market for telepresence. In addition, the company is rolling out a high-end package called Telepresence T3, which includes furniture, room decoration and high-definition cameras and screens to create a ‘same-room' feel. Another new solution, Tandberg Total Service, provides telepresence as a hosted or managed service.

For more:
- see this story about Tandberg at Telephony
- read this BT press release

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