|[April 19, 2012]
Orange Business Services and Verizon Enterprise Solutions Customers Can Now See Eye-to-Eye at Video Meetings
NEW YORK & PARIS --(Business Wire)--
Business Services and Verizon
Enterprise Solutions are joining forces to meet enterprises'
increasing demand for video collaboration offerings. The two companies
have signed an interprovider connectivity agreement enabling Verizon
Immersive Video Exchange customers and Orange
Telepresence Community customers to collaborate via video meetings
with a greater pool of participating customers, partners and suppliers
worldwide, using Cisco TelePresence endpoints.
Telepresence (News - Alert) replicates face-to-face interactions so realistically that
it feels as though everyone is in the same room - even though they may
be thousands of miles apart. Through this interprovider solution,
enterprises already using Cisco TelePresence provided by either Orange (News - Alert)
or Verizon can hold real-time video meetings with one another in a
highly secure, consistent and transparent manner.
Telepresence has inherent business benefits such as easy remote
collaboration, quicker decision-making and issue resolution, more
efficient use of limited resources and stronger relationships. By
expanding the telepresence community, these advantages can be extended
beyond internal collaboration and decision-making to facilitate all
aspects of external business communications throughout all of the
company's stakeholder relations.
Andrew McFadzen, head of International Network Solutions at Orange
Business Services, said: "Orange is committed to implementing
interexchange services to make it easier for our customers to
communicate via telepresence, regardless of network or exchange. This
agreement expands the telepresence ecosystem for customers of both
providers, generating an even more compelling return on investment for
telepresence customers. Our objective is to make telepresence as
border-free as a phone call. We will continue to work with companies
like Verizon to provide our customers access to as many otions as
possible and enabling them to take full advantage of the business
benefits of real-time, virtual meetings through telepresence."
Mike Palmer, vice president of product strategy for Verizon Enterprise
Solutions, said: "The consumerization of IT is helping to drive a new
expectations and greater demand for video in the workplace. Our
agreement with Orange takes another step toward making video
communications as available and simple to use as voice, while increasing
a company's return on its telepresence investment. Now video meetings
can drive greater productivity and value across the four walls of one
particular business or one particular network."
Orange Business Services now has telepresence interoperability
agreements with AT&T, BT (News - Alert), Cisco, Tata, Telefonica and Verizon. To allow
businesses to communicate visually with external entities, Orange
Business Services offers Telepresence
Verizon now has telepresence interoperability agreements with BT, Cisco,
Orange and Tata as well as an Open
Video Communications offering that links video systems that were
About Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services, the France Telecom (News - Alert)-Orange branch dedicated to
B2B services, is a leading global integrator of communications solutions
for multinational corporations. With the world's largest, seamless
network for voice and data, Orange Business Services reaches 220
countries and territories with local support in 166. Offering a
comprehensive package of communication services covering cloud
computing, enterprise mobility, M2M, security, unified communications,
videoconferencing, and broadband, Orange Business Services delivers a
best-in-class customer experience across a global landscape. Thousands
of enterprise customers and 1.4 million mobile data users rely on an
Orange Business Services international platform for communicating and
conducting business. Orange Business Services is a four-time winner of
Best Global Operator at the World Communication Awards. Learn more at www.orange-business.com
France Telecom-Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications
operators with 172,000 employees worldwide and sales of 45.3 billion
euros in 2011. Orange is the Group's single brand for Internet,
television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the
company operates. France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris
(compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this
material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited, Orange France
or France Telecom.
About Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate
growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With
industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale
products and services offered over the company's secure mobility, cloud,
strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon
Enterprise Solutions helps open new opportunities around the world for
innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit verizon.com/enterprise
to learn more.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New
York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and
wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and
wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless (News - Alert) operates America's most reliable
wireless network, with nearly 108 million total connections nationwide.
Verizon also provides converged communications, information and
entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network,
and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150
countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111
billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly
194,000. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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