AT&T and Orange Business Services Expand Telepresence Community

New Agreement Magnifies Global Telepresence Footprint and Increases Endpoints for Enterprises

Dallas, Texas, Paris, France, February 02, 2012

AT&T and Orange Business Services today announced a new inter-provider connectivity agreement for a global telepresence service that expands the features and capabilities of video collaboration; allowing enterprises to schedule telepresence meetings and seamlessly connect telepresence endpoints.

This new service is available to all AT&T Telepresence Solution® and Orange Telepresence Community customers using Cisco TelePresence ® endpoints.

Customer highlights and benefits

  • Facilitation of real-time, virtual meetings around the world between companies that are connected to the AT&T Business Exchange or Orange Telepresence Community;
  • More efficient use of limited resources - people are meeting instead of traveling
  • Easy remote collaboration, promoting quicker decision-making and issue resolution;
  • Decrease in travel costs; effectively shrinking and organization’s carbon footprint.

“The value of instant global collaboration through telepresence is becoming increasingly more advanced and agnostic,” said Brian Washburn, Research Director, Network Services, Current Analysis. “New agreements, like the one between AT&T and Orange, continue to expand and broaden a variety of pervasive communities; allowing customers to seamlessly connect and engage with business partners with the push of a button.”

“This capability with Orange further extends AT&T’s telepresence offer and brings the benefits of the AT&T Business Exchange to even more global customers who understand the value of connecting through face-to-face collaboration,” said Alan Benway, Executive Director of AT&T Business Solutions. “By using our world-class MPLS network to connect organizations to their customers, suppliers and business partners, telepresence has proven to be a valuable communications tool -- in fact, more than one-third of the companies ranked in the Fortune 100 are connected to the AT&T Business Exchange. Telepresence is a valued solution that is hard to ignore when considering the organizational and environmental benefits the technology brings to the table.”

Andrew McFadzen, head of International Network Solutions at Orange Business Services, said: “Orange is committed to implementing inter-exchange services to make it easier for our customers to communicate via telepresence regardless of network or exchange. As a result of the interconnection with AT&T, we offer a very valuable footprint to our customers. The benefits of telepresence increase with the number of companies that can participate in virtual meetings, and our objective is to make it as border-free as a phone call. We are pleased to be expanding our global video collaboration with AT&T. We will continue to work with various partners to increase the range of options for our customers; enabling them to take full advantage of the business benefits of telepresence.”