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BT debuts Cisco Telepresence for global customers

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BT today announced that it is introducing business-to-business Cisco TelePresence services to global organisations.

Already a global leader in managed services, BT will now be able to offer a global inter-company Cisco TelePresence solution to help users collaborate with customers, suppliers and partners worldwide.
With exchanges operational in London, and Denver, Colorado, BT's global inter-company communications service will be available across Europe and the US from September 2008. The go-to-market plan for BT's new service calls for BT and Cisco to work together to highlight the benefits of Cisco TelePresence Services to a range of European-based multinational companies, and other organisations headquartered around the globe.
Cisco TelePresence already enables businesses to enhance collaboration, lower travel costs and reduce environmental impact. BT's One Source for Cisco TelePresence services simplify the solution with "concierge" support that optimises collaboration and delivers the best possible service.
By providing a unique, in-person, experience through a combination of audio, video and environmental technologies, Cisco TelePresence allows people to interact face-to-face. This means that businesses can react faster, make better decisions, scale scarce expertise, and get closer to customers, partners and suppliers.
Luis Alvarez, president EMEA & Latin America, BT Global Services, comments:
"The quality of audio and video conferencing services has rocketed over the last few years to meet the demands of today's global businesses. 'Virtual' face-to-face meetings enabled by Cisco TelePresence are becoming rapidly more and more popular and the emergence of an inter-company service can only accelerate this trend.
"Up until now, business has enjoyed these benefits only in internal meetings so by eliminating this technological barrier the benefits of telepresence
will be enjoyed far more widely, enabling more effective collaboration between companies."
Ross Fowler, vice-president: service provider for European markets at Cisco, adds: "The cost, efficiency and environmental arguments for Cisco TelePresence are just too strong to ignore now, and we see strong growth opportunities for video communication across a range of sectors. BT's networked IT heritage and the reach and quality of its MPLS network means it is ideally placed to capitalise on this market demand. Today's announcement represents a first step towards 'anywhere anytime' Cisco TelePresence capabilities for BT's global customers."
BT's One Source for Cisco TelePresence Solution significantly boosts BT's presence in the conferencing market. BT Conferencing is already one of the leading players in the UK and European conferencing market and has a strong presence in the USA and Asia Pacific region. Today's announcement follows its acquisition of Wire One Communications in June this year, which significantly enhanced its video conferencing capabilities and service offerings in the US market.
The BT and Cisco TelePresence go-to-market agreement also builds on BT's strong existing collaboration with Cisco. BT recently became the first service provider to complete the Cisco TelePresence Global Authorised Technology Provider (ATP) programme, helping ensure BT is well placed to
deploy its Unified Communication video proposition.