Market Update: AT&T, BT Interoperate

Other companies in the news this week: Facebook, Broadvision, Apple, Skype, Siemens, Tango Networks, Microsoft , NextiraOne, Cisco, Sipera, Avaya, Apparent Networks, Technology Assurance Group, KDDI, Vidyo, Standard Mobile, Patton and Neocenter.

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Dec 2, 2010
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AT&T and BT Announce Inter-Provider Telepresence Connectivity: AT&T and BT announced today the commercial availability of the industry's first inter-provider exchange-to-exchange telepresence meeting capability. The new connection between AT&T and BT telepresence exchanges allows their business customers to schedule telepresence meetings and to connect their telepresence endpoints seamlessly.

Broadvision Unveils Clearvale PaasPort: Broadvision, a pioneer in e-business and enterprise social networking solutions, today announced the release of Clearvale PaasPort for the telecommunications industry (telcos). Similar to the recent announcement that Facebook is integrating e-mail into its vast social networks, Clearvale PaasPort enables telcos to provide their business customers with a unified communications platform – including e-mail, IM and voice – on enterprise social networks. Leveraging Clearvale PaasPort, telcos can solidify their competitive positioning with business customers in an increasingly crowded global telecommunications marketplace that is filled with powerful non-telco players such as Apple, Skype and Facebook.

Siemens Bolsters Unified Communication Suite: Siemens is upgrading its OpenScape unified communications suite to include a stand-alone collaboration platform that doesn't require other Siemen's products in order to set up conferences. Called OpenScape Web Collaboration, the stand-alone server distributes client agents to parties that are invited to join conferences. These agents either run in browsers or as executables on the client machines, but in either case they dissolve when the collaboration session ends.

Tango Networks Expands Mobile UC Support for Microsoft Lync 2010:
Tango Networks, a leader in seamless enterprise mobile unified communications,announced that its award-winning Abrazo mobile unified communications solution, in addition to supporting Microsoft OCS, now includes support for newly released Microsoft  Lync 2010. With Tango Networks Abrazo, any mobile phone on a Tango-enabled network, regardless of type, can become an extension of Microsoft Lync 2010, adding enterprise mobile voice, mobile network presence and location information.

NextiraOne Expands Cisco Data Center Capabilities Across Europe: NextiraOne today announced an expansion of its relationship with Cisco to accelerate the adoption of virtualized data center solutions in Europe. Together, Cisco and NextiraOne will focus on delivering advanced communications applications, including Cisco Unified Communications and Cisco Contact Center hosted in virtualized data center environments, which bring real value to customers.

Sipera Systems Solution Now Rated 'Avaya Compliant':
Sipera Systems, a leader in real-time unified communications enablement and security, today announced that its UC-Sec security appliance is compliant with the Avaya Aura Communication Manager and Avaya Aura Session Manager 6.0, a solution from Avaya, Inc., a global leader in enterprise communications systems, software and services.

Apparent Networks and Technology Assurance Group Announce Strategic Partnership:
Apparent Networks, the leading provider of remote performance management solutions (RPM), today announced a new technology alliance with Technology Assurance Group (TAG), an international organization of leading independently-owned unified communications companies. Together, Apparent Networks and TAG will deliver critical RPM services, education and support to TAG members.

KDDI to Deliver Video Conferencing Service Based on Vidyo's Patented Scalable Video Coding Architecture:
Vidyo, Inc., the first company to deliver personal telepresence, today announced that KDDI, a leading global carrier headquartered in Japan will deliver a video conferencing service based on Vidyo's multi-point, telepresence-quality solution. VidyoConferencing enables carriers, service providers and unified communications vendors to offer today an affordable SVC-based video conferencing technology that delivers telepresence over the Internet or general purpose IP networks. KDDI's service will be available in Japan in January 2011.

Standard Mobile Unveils Plug and Play VoIP Video Media Telephone: Standard Mobile Inc. is a developer and a producer of VoIP video media telephones. Standard Mobile Inc. has developed and released its SM070 model, a media video telephone. It can "plug" and "play" into any Internet environment. The SM070 model allows real-time live video teleconferencing and other personal and commercial media functions.

Mexico's VoIP Market Expands as Patton and Neocenter Join Forces: Patton—the leader in business and carrier-class network access, connectivity, VoIP and mobile video-surveillance equipment—announced a strategic partnership with Neocenter. Culminating several months of strategic planning, Patton has signed Mexico-based Neocenter as Value-Added Distributor (VAD) for Patton's US-manufactured IP networking equipment.

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