Help telepresence users to reach more partners, suppliers, customers and business prospects
Telecommunications company BT and Orange Business Services have signed an agreement for a global commercial service to allow each other’s video exchange customers to participate in telepresence meetings with one another.
Under the partnership, BT and Orange will help telepresence users reach more partners, suppliers, customers and business prospects at public and private end-points across their networks.
The collaboration trialled telepresence experience with existing major global enterprise customers, and the service is now available to all BT and Orange Telepresence Community customers, using Cisco TelePresence equipment.
To make it easier for customers to communicate via video regardless of network or exchange, BT and Orange are committed to implementing inter-exchange services and the agreement between the companies will facilitate real-time, virtual meetings around the world.
BT Conferencing CEO Rich Lowe said the agreement is the latest addition to the expansion of the video industry’s connectivity capabilities and is an important step forward.
"It demonstrates our commitment to increasing the network of accessible telepresence locations for our customers and increasing the return on their investments," said Lowe.
Orange Business Services International Network Solutions head Andrew McFadzen said the broader the range of companies that customers can connect with through telepresence, the higher the return on investment in collaborative technology.
"Replacing face-to-face meetings with telepresence doesn’t only reduce travel time and the expense of face-to-face meetings, but also speeds up decision-making, increases productivity, and enhances cross-organisational collaboration that might not exist without virtual meetings," said McFadzen.