Verizon (NYSE: VZ), which in March launched a new offering that will allow users to conduct secure, high-quality video meetings across private or public networks on a variety of previously incompatible video platforms, is partnering with Orange Business Services on a broad telepresence play.
The deal will allow Verizon Immersive Video Exchange customers to collaborate with Orange Telepresence Community users across Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) TelePresence endpoints. AT&T (NYSE: T) in February announced a similar deal with Orange.
The latest deal helps streamline the infrastructure between the two telcos, helping to create similar scheduling, support, security and encryption mechanisms.
"Orange is committed to implementing interexchange services to make it easier for our customers to communicate via telepresence, regardless of network or exchange," said Andrew McFadzen, head of International Network Solutions at Orange Business Services. "This agreement expands the telepresence ecosystem for customers of both providers... our objective is to make telepresence as border-free as a phone call."
The trend for carriers to expand their telepresence interoperability is accelerating. This deal, in fact, is the second major deal with a European carrier that Verizon has made in 2012. This pact follows on the heels of one Verizon made with BT in February, which also is based on interconnectivity between the two carriers across Cisco's high-end system.
Tata Communications, in January, said it would team up with nine other service providers-- including Sprint (NYSE: S), Glowpoint (NYSE: GLOW) and TELUS (Toronto: T.TO) in North America, Safaricom in Africa, Telstra (ASX: TLS.AX) in Australia, Etisalat, Qtel and Mobily in the Middle East, and Neotel in South Africa-- to interconnect their business networks.
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