AT&T Connect Wins SearchUnifiedCommunications.com 2009 Gold Award in Video Conferencing

AT&T Connect® Recognized for its Ability to Empower Enterprises with Enhanced Productivity, Improved Time to Market, Better Customer Service and the Power of Immediate Collaboration

Dallas, Texas, July 21, 2009

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AT&T* today announced that AT&T Connect® has been named the gold winner in the Video Conferencing Tools category of the 2009 Product Leadership Award issued by SearchUnifiedCommunications.com™, a TechTarget® publication. The award winners were selected by the publication’s readers, based on their assessment of products currently deployed within their own enterprises.

AT&T Connect unifies audio conferencing, web conferencing and video conferencing into a single, company-wide collaboration tool. Its rich features and unique hosted/hybrid/on-premises deployment possibilities scale to meet the needs of any type of business—from small to very large, multinational corporations. It supports virtual meetings with both internal and external participants. It can be provisioned with many possible features, including standalone audio conferencing, multi-point video, regular/mobile phone and VoIP-based audio, application sharing, whiteboard/presentation, web touring, polling, reporting, recording and editing—plus more. AT&T Connect makes it easy and cost-effective to provide the proven benefits of converged conferencing to every employee in the company. It empowers innovation throughout the organization; employees become more productive and motivated to create new ways to speed time to market, save money, improve quality and strengthen customer relationships.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by SearchUnifiedCommunications.com for our ability to deliver best in-class solutions in video conferencing,” said Frank Zvi, vice president, Unified Communications, AT&T Business Solutions.

“At AT&T, we strive to create and deliver the most advanced tools that enhance business velocity, drive innovation and improve efficiency for our customers worldwide.”

The SearchUnifiedCommunications.com 2009 Product Leadership Award winners were selected by more than 300 readers, based on their assessment of products currently deployed within their own enterprises. Respondents were asked to evaluate the unified communications products according to defined product-specific criteria and cumulative scores were calculated for each product to determine Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners.

SearchUnifiedCommunications.com noted that seventy-two percent of survey respondents gave AT&T's Connect four or five stars (on a scale from one to five) for voice and video quality, with nearly 40% of those a five-star rating. AT&T Connect's excellence is known for enterprise-class scalability, reliability and performance. Survey results indicate that users agree, calling Connect a "robust, solid product."

Additionally, AT&T's Connect was rated four or five stars by more than seventy percent of survey respondents in ease of configuration, installation and administration. Sixty-three percent ranked end-user ease of use at four or five stars.

It integrates with unified communications, email and calendaring and enterprise applications—with convenient settings to allow global admin and/or individual meeting controls over the use of recordings, video and telephony. Its single meeting pane makes it easy to see and manage all audio, video and web aspects a meeting, as well as control one, or all participants.

AT&T Connect desktop video conferencing capabilities deliver a professional interactive video collaboration experience from a desktop or laptop—in the office, at home, or in a conference room, including:

  • Fully integrated 4-way multipoint video conferencing
  • H.264 video codec for superior image quality
  • Simple and intuitive controls of video transmission and image layout
  • No special firewall configurations needed
  • Distributed server architecture routes real-time communication streams in a highly scalable, fault-tolerant manner; optimizes bandwidth usage to avoid network congestion
  • Administrative control over video usage and bandwidth; host video controls
  • No need for proprietary bridge hardware
  • Available with AT&T Connect version 8.8.

For more information please visit http://www.att.com/winwithconnect.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About SearchUnifiedCommunications.com
SearchUnifiedCommunications.com is one of the largest and most active online communities dedicated to IP telephony and unified communications. IT and communications professionals in almost every industry rely on SearchUnifiedCommunications.com for industry news, technical tips and valuable best practices on implementing and managing IP telephony and deploying and optimizing the advanced unified communications applications that build on a converged network, including video conferencing, collaboration tools, and social networking. More information is available at www.SearchUnifiedCommunications.com.

Headquartered in Needham, Mass., SearchUnifiedCommunications.com is part of the TechTarget® network (www.techtarget.com). TechTarget publishes integrated media that enable information-technology (IT) marketers to reach targeted communities of IT professionals and executives in all phases of the technology decision-making and purchase process. Through its industry-leading Web sites, magazines and conferences, TechTarget delivers measurable results that help IT marketers generate qualified sales leads, shorten sales cycles and grow revenues.

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