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Polycom and Telecom deliver VaaS across NZ

19 Oct 2012

Polycom has joined forces with Telecom as the telco company introduces the RealPresence Platform as its software infrastructure of choice, delivering Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) offerings to New Zealand business customers.

The communications provider says the agreement will help "drive a new era of collaboration in response to the growing need amongst New Zealand organisations for easy-to-use rich media communications solutions."

Integrated with Gen-i and Telecom's core networking and security infrastructure, Polycom says RealPresence delivers secure collaboration across heterogeneous networks with up to 50% less bandwidth consumption than other solutions.

“Organisations have seen such strong results with on-premise video collaboration and they’re now looking to expand that face-to-face collaborative power via the cloud or in a hybrid private (on premises) and public cloud model," says Gary Denman, Managing Director, Polycom Australia and New Zealand.

"Delivering video as a service offering on a pay-for-use model vastly reduces the up-front investment to almost nothing, so organisations can begin to reap the benefits of video collaboration as fast and as inexpensively as possible.

"Polycom’s goal is to make it possible for everyone to use video as their preferred way to collaborate – easily, reliably, and securely – no matter where they are.

"Working with service providers such as Telecom Group is instrumental to achieve this goal of video ubiquity.”

Last week Polycom announced that RealPresence Platform now supports the industry’s first open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding) protocol.

Such protocol offers a 3X HD multipoint video call capacity for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments according to the company.

“In today’s competitive market, New Zealand businesses are tasked with finding the most efficient and cost-effective ways to accelerate operations,” says Leanne Buer, Acting GM Marketing, Gen-i Australasia.

“We work alongside a broad range of corporate, government and business customers who are looking for new ways to connect with customers and staff who are on the move or working remotely.

"With our new cloud-based Video as a Service offering, in partnership with Polycom, we are making it easier and more affordable for our customers to deploy video across their organisations.

"It’s as simple-to- use as setting up a mobile phone service."