Market Update: Ericsson and Polycom Are Telepresence Partners

Companies in the news this week include AudioCodes, TDAzlan, LifeSize, ShoreGroup, Cisco Systems, Mitel, Benbria, Whitlock, Interoute, GENBAND, Interoute, Microsoft, RADVISION, Virtual Netcomm, AltiGen, BroadSoft, iPhone, Android and ABI. 

By Carl Weinschenk | Posted Feb 18, 2011
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Ericsson and Polycom Cooperate for Mass Market Visual Communication: At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson and Polycom announced collaboration around an integrated end-to-end solution for hosted telepresence services that will enable telecom operators to deliver affordable, high-definition visual communications services to businesses and consumers.

AudioCodes and TDAzlan Address the Growing UK Unified Communications Market: AudioCodes, a leading provider of Voice over IP (VoIP) technologies and Voice Network products and TDAzlan, the enterprise division of Computer 2000 (Tech Data), today announced that they have signed a distribution agreement to provide AudioCodes products and solutions for the growing Unified Communications (UC) market in the UK and Ireland. 

Telepresence Market Gains Momentum; Diversifying Applications Will Drive Growth : Latest global telepresence and videoconferencing equipment market forecasts from ABI Research show that the value of the telepresence, video infrastructure and endpoints market is set to reach $5.5 billion by 2016. In 2010, the market registered greater than 15% year-on-year growth to reach $2.3 billion. During the year, the spotlight shifted to emerging applications such as desktop video, personal telepresence, video integrated within unified communications environments, mobile videoconferencing, and video-over-virtual-desktop infrastructure (VDI).

LifeSize Video Center Introduces Mobile HD Video Streaming: LifeSize, a division of Logitech, today announced HD video content streaming on mobile devices using LifeSize Video Center. Now organizations can benefit from greater communication reach and flexibility by using HD video streaming, recording and auto-publishing to make video content available to teams working remotely on mobile devices, such as iPads and iPhones.

ShoreGroup Achieves Cisco Master Unified Communications (UC) Specialization: ShoreGroup, Inc., a premier converged network and systems management solutions and IT professional services firm, today announced that it has achieved the Master Unified Communications (UC) Specialization from Cisco Systems. This designation recognizes ShoreGroup for its highly-qualified unified communications practice, which includes technology expertise, customer success, and the service capability and methodology necessary to deliver integrated, multiple unified communications solutions and applications integration in areas such as contact center, unified messaging, rich media, mobility, and presence. 

Mitel Optimizes Customer Operations with Benbria's Incident Notification Solution: Benbria, a leading provider of intelligent incident notification solutions, today announced that Mitel, a leading provider of unified communications software solutions, has deployed Benbria BlazeCast to further enhance their outstanding customer service operations with advanced notification, tracking and reporting. 

Whitlock Launches New AV Technology Showcase & Seminar Series: The interactive communications market is growing fast and clearly becoming one of the most important strategic advantages for businesses today. Whitlock is hosting a comprehensive showcase and seminar series, which brings together the top technology manufacturers from across the U.S. to present their latest products for digital media and unified communications. 

Interoute Deploys GENBAND S3 SBC for Secure Microsoft Lync 2010 SIP Trunking Solution: GENBAND, a leading developer of IP infrastructure and application solutions, today announced that Interoute, the owner/operator of Europe's most advanced and densely connected voice and data network, has deployed the GENBAND S3 Session Border Controller (SBC) to launch a secure SIP trunking solution for Microsoft Unified Communications that serves Interoute's global enterprise and carrier customers. 

RADVISION Expands Video Conferencing Distribution Channel in India: RADVISION Ltd., a leading technology and end-to-end solution provider for unified visual communications including video network infrastructure, developer tools and high definition (HD) room, desktop and mobile video conferencing systems, today announced that Virtual Netcomm Pvt. Ltd. will distribute RADVISION's SCOPIA line of innovative video conferencing solutions throughout India. 

AltiGen Announces Availability Of Maxmobile For BroadSoft's BroadWorks: AltiGen Communications, Inc., a leading provider of software-based Unified Communications solutions, today announced the completion of interoperability testing of its new Unified Mobile Convergence (UMC) solutions for the BroadSoft's BroadWorks platform. Built to seamlessly integrate with BroadSoft's BroadWorks platform, MaxMobile runs as a native application on all popular smartphone platforms, including iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and (in 2Q11) Windows Phone 7 devices. In addition, the new MaxMobile Web Client provides users with a feature rich desktop Unified Communications client, enabling the smartphone to be used as the single converged business phone.

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