AT&T partners with Polycom to enhance telepresence offering

15 January 2013 |


US carrier AT&T has partnered with Polycom to enhance its video communication capabilities.

The strategic agreement will see the incorporation of Polycom’s RealPresence platform into AT&Ts telepresence video infrastructure on the AT&T Business Exchange, improving the availability of cloud delivered video communications.

This will enable virtual meeting room capabilities and increase customer choice, while offering new forms of collaboration with business customers, partners and suppliers, according to Polycom.

The vendor’s solutions will be offered in 40 countries as part of a managed service bundle designed to reduce customer costs and the burden on internal IT resources.

“With Polycom’s commitment to openness, standards and interoperability, and AT&T’s commitment to networks, applications and interconnectivity, we’re creating video solutions for customers that are as simple, reliable and as universal as dial tone so they can collaborate without worrying about vendor, device or network-specific restrictions. It just works,” said Andy Miller, president and CEO of Polycom.

Polycom has also selected AT&T as its preferred internal wide area network provider and the carrier’s network will carry Polycom video, voice and data communications from 80 global locations, including Polycom customer experience and briefing centres.

“The work between AT&T and Polycom will bring customers new capabilities, help expand their reach and use of video collaboration and ultimately deliver lasting impacts by transforming how they get work done,” said Michael Bowling, CMO at AT&T Business Solutions.