Cisco partners with BT on video conferencing

Cisco Systems has extended its Cisco TelePresence platform to enable companies to run inter-company video conferences.

Cisco Systems has extended its Cisco TelePresence platform to enable companies to run inter-company video conferences.

BT is now selling the extended technology via its BT Global Services division, after Cisco demonstrated the system with BT through a secure connection across the BT Global Services network.

Cisco's video conference product is deisgned to provide businesses with the flexibility and security to have "in person" meetings with customers, partners and suppliers with the ease of a simple phone call, said Cisco.

Cisco TelePresence integrates audio, ultra-high-definition video and interactive collaboration tools with the underlying network as the platform to deliver conferencing facilities.

The inter-company Cisco TelePresence architecture provides security at the endpoint through authentication and encryption, in the enterprise network with firewall and network address translation traversal, and in the service provider network through topology hiding and Multiprotocol Label Switching Virtual Private Networks.

BT's existing Unifed Communication Video Collaboration solution is based on the Cisco TelePresence product.

Francois Barrault, CEO at BT Global Services said, "Cisco TelePresence has the potential to transform businesses by bridging the geographic gap within organisations and to bring customers and partners together in an extended ecosystem of communication."

With Cisco TelePresence interoperability, businesses will be able to bring existing standards-based videoconferencing sessions into a Cisco TelePresence System 3000 or Cisco TelePresence System 1000 meeting.

Enhancements to the existing product line deliver interoperability with virtually all standards-based videoconferencing systems installed today, said Cisco.

Earlier this week, Nortel announced a collaboration with Microsoft to slash the cost of externally hosted video conferencing sessions with a new internal system.

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