Norwegian videoconferencing company Tandberg has opened a South African office.
Previously, Tandberg operated locally but only providing technical support. It will now offer sales, marketing and technical services.
Tandberg has more than 50 customers in South Africa, including large corporates and public sector organisations.
"The company's focus is on providing videoconferencing solutions anywhere, anytime and any place. This enables users to participate in video communications in the office, home, hotel room, airport or in the boardroom, any time," says Bryan Thompson, Tandberg area manager: sub-Sahara South Africa.
Tandberg was recently awarded the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Market Leadership Award.
"Generally, video conferencing users have experienced difficulty in achieving good video and audio quality. Costs have been high and bandwidth expensive requiring ISDN connectivity," says Thompson.
"The Tandberg solution is known for its high-quality video and audio solutions, and offers high-definition video at a competitive price," he adds.
"Security is another key issue. It is easy to hack into many of the locally available systems. For corporate and business use, it is crucial that communications are secure."
Thompson says the company's environmental objectives are to develop products that reduce CO2 emissions, traffic congestion and unnecessary business travel, while maintaining or improving productivity.