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Polycom RealPresence platform to power Telecom Video-as-a-Service offerings in New Zealand

Posted on 18-Oct-2012 11:43 | Filed under: News

Telecom Group, New Zealand�s largest telecommunications company, will utilise Polycom, Inc.'s Polycom RealPresence Platform as its software infrastructure of choice to deliver Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) offerings to New Zealand business customers.

The Polycom RealPresence Platform will power both Gen-i (Telecom�s ICT services division) and Telecom hosted video offerings, benefiting from its open-standards approach, which ensures interoperability with hundreds of unified communications, business and social network applications.

The Polycom RealPresence Platform seamlessly integrates with Gen-i and Telecom core networking and security infrastructure to deliver secure collaboration across heterogeneous networks with up to 50 percent less bandwidth consumption than other solutions. It provides carrier-grade reliability and scale which service providers need to deliver VaaS offerings to potentially millions of service subscribers in SMBs, enterprises, and government organisations.

In addition, Polycom last week announced that RealPresence Platform now supports the industry�s first open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding) protocol, with 3X HD multipoint video call capacity for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments.

Gen-i and Telecom VaaS offerings will deliver face-to-face communication and collaboration capabilities to customers through a subscription based model, providing businesses with access to the full suite of Polycom�s video systems, including availability over tablet and mobile devices. All hosting, management and provisioning will be managed by Gen-i and Telecom.

�In today�s competitive market, New Zealand businesses are tasked with finding the most efficient and cost-effective ways to accelerate operations,� said Leanne Buer, Acting GM Marketing, Gen-i Australasia. �We work alongside a broad range of corporate, government and business customers who are looking for new ways to connect with customers and staff who are on the move or working remotely. With our new cloud-based Video as a Service offering, in partnership with Polycom, we are making it easier and more affordable for our customers to deploy video across their organisations. It�s as simple-to-use as setting up a mobile phone service,� she added.

�Organisations have seen such strong results with on-premise video collaboration and they�re now looking to expand that face-to-face collaborative power via the cloud or in a hybrid private (on premises) and public cloud model. Delivering video as a service offering on a pay-for-use model vastly reduces the up-front investment to almost nothing, so organisations can begin to reap the benefits of video collaboration as fast and as inexpensively as possible,� said Gary Denman, Managing Director, Polycom Australia and New Zealand. �Polycom�s goal is to make it possible for everyone to use video as their preferred way to collaborate � easily, reliably, and securely � no matter where they are. Working with service providers such as Telecom Group is instrumental to achieve this goal of video ubiquity.�

In a move to further expand the ubiquity of video collaboration, Polycom last week, also unveiled Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite, which lets Polycom customers easily add anyone on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk and other business video applications to their video conferences from a browser. RealPresence CloudAXIS is a suite of software that runs on the Polycom RealPresence Platform in private enterprise clouds or public clouds, and securely extends enterprise-grade video and content collaboration outside the firewall to other businesses (B2B) and consumers (B2C) via a browser to enable truly ubiquitous video collaboration at the highest quality, reliability, and security.