Tata leads in telepresence

Tata leads in telepresence

An executive from Tata Communications has revealed that the company is set to become an unrivalled leader in the telepresence market once it secures a final interconnection with a major carrier before the end of the year.

The move will allow Tata’s customers to interconnect with the telepresence networks of all major video conferencing carriers worldwide over its Global Meeting Exchange platform.

Based on Tata’s previous telepresence interconnection announcements, Capacity speculates the agreement could be with AT&T. Other possibilities include NTT or China Telecom.

“We’ll have interconnections with all the large operators meaning all the telepresence rooms around the world will connect to our exchange. This will be unique because they will all be connected to us but they’re not all interconnected with one another,” said Claude Sassoulas, MD global enterprise solutions Europe and Americas at Tata Communications.

To date, the bulk of major telepresence players interconnect their video conferencing networks with Tata and the company has established individual agreements with the likes of BT, Telefónica, Verizon, Deutsche Telekom and Orange Business Services.

Tata is also interconnected with its partners in the Global Meeting Alliance, which include Safaricom, Telstra, Etisalat, Qtel, Mobily, Sprint, Glowpoint and Telus.

In another revelation, Sassoulas told Capacity that Tata is engaged in a strategy to increase its number of home markets over the next decade, by establishing more local operations. This follows the success of its subsidiary Neotel in South Africa.

“We want to create more operations so in five to 10 years time we’ll have a base of markets in fast growing economies, at least growing faster than the markets we’re in at the moment. They will be able to service as we do today with large companies in South Africa,” he said.

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