Polycom, AT&T Partner on Video Communications
AT&T will incorporate Polycom's RealPresence platform as part of the AT&T Telepresence solution video infrastructure.Telecommunications giant AT&T and video conferencing and business communications specialist Polycom announced a strategic agreement to personalize, mobilize and virtualize video meetings, combining AT&T Business Exchange, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), Internet and mobility networks and the Polycom RealPresence video conferencing platform. AT&T will incorporate the RealPresence platform as part of the AT&T Telepresence solution video infrastructure in the AT&T Business Exchange, leading to on-demand virtual meeting room capabilities that increase customer choice through expanded interoperability, more flexible and user-friendly video collaboration experiences and new forms of collaboration with business customers, partners and suppliers on the AT&T Business Exchange. "AT&T and Polycom's announcement is a big win for customer choice and interoperability, and it will help accelerate video collaboration as businesses increasingly look to cloud-delivered options," Zeus Kerravala, ZKResearch principal analyst, said. "In addition, this agreement opens new revenue streams and business opportunities for AT&T, and demonstrates the momentum Polycom is having with service providers and in the video cloud market." In addition, AT&T Telepresence Solution customers will have access to a range of RealPresence video solutions offered in 40 countries, including immersive and multipurpose rooms, and personal systems, as part of a managed-service bundle. This approach is designed to help customers reduce their capital expenditures by providing the video equipment as part of the managed service for a monthly fee, while also helping ease the burden on internal IT resources.
"Our goal is to lead the innovation curve by introducing solutions and services that make communications easier, any time, anywhere, on any device," AT&T Business Solutions Chief Marketing Officer Michael Bowling said in a statement. "The work between AT&T and Polycom will bring customers new capabilities, help expand their reach and use of video collaboration and ultimately deliver lasting impacts by transforming how they get work done."