AT&T and Polycom to Advance Innovative Video Capabilities

Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:01am EST

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AT&T Telepresence Solution® to Support the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform
Expanding Interoperable Video Solutions Globally
DALLAS  and  SAN JOSE, Calif.,  Jan. 15, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- As organizations
of all types look to accelerate the adoption of video-based communications and
video-enabled business processes,  AT&T* and  Polycom, Inc., (Nasdaq: PLCM)
announced today a strategic agreement to personalize, mobilize and virtualize
video meetings.  

Enabled by the industry-leading AT&T Business Exchange, MPLS,  Internet  and 
mobility networks  and the  Polycom RealPresence Platform, the agreement will
create greater availability of cloud-delivered video communication capabilities
- giving customers unmatched choice in when, how, and where they collaborate.
The Polycom RealPresence Platform is a comprehensive software infrastructure for
universal video, on-premises or  in the cloud  collaboration, interoperating
with the broadest set of applications, devices and network protocols.

"AT&T and Polycom's announcement is a big win for customer choice and
interoperability, and it will help accelerate video collaboration as businesses
increasingly look to cloud-delivered options," said  Zeus Kerravala, Principle
Analyst, ZKResearch. "In addition, this agreement opens new revenue streams and
business opportunities for AT&T, and demonstrates the momentum Polycom is having
with service providers and in the video cloud market."   

"In the Pervasive Video Era of 2013, people want instant access to others, no
matter what device or service they are using," said  Jim Lundy, CEO, Lead
Analyst, Aragon Research. "The alliance between Polycom and AT&T will help to
accelerate the shift to pervasive, cloud enabled video."  

The first wave of capabilities include:

* AT&T and the Polycom RealPresence Platform  - AT&T will incorporate the highly
interoperable Polycom RealPresence Platform as part of the  AT&T Telepresence
Solution video infrastructure  in the AT&T Business Exchange. This will lead

* New on-demand virtual meeting room capabilities that increase customer choice
through expanded interoperability.  
* Flexible and easy-to-use video collaboration experiences that deliver a lower
total cost of ownership.  
* New forms of collaboration with business customers, partners and suppliers on
the AT&T Business Exchange.

* Fully Managed Service Bundles  - AT&T Telepresence Solution customers will now
have access to a range of Polycom RealPresence video solutions offered in 40
countries - including immersive and multipurpose rooms, and personal systems -
as part of a managed service bundle. This approach helps customers reduce their
capital expenditures by providing the video equipment as part of the managed
service for a monthly fee, while also helping to reduce the burden on internal
IT resources, leaving customers more time to focus on business-critical
* VPN Services  - Polycom has selected AT&T to become its preferred internal
wide area  network service provider  utilizing the industry leading  MPLS AT&T
VPN service. The network will carry Polycom video, voice and data communications
including access to the AT&T Business Exchange to and from over 80 locations
around the globe including Polycom Customer Experience and Briefing Centers.

"Together with AT&T, we are reshaping and expanding the capabilities of
cloud-delivered video communications, making it easier for businesses to connect
and collaborate with each other," said  Andy Miller, President and CEO of
Polycom. "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."

"Our goal is to lead the innovation curve by introducing solutions and services
that make communications easier, anytime, anywhere, on any device," said 
Michael Bowling, Chief Marketing Officer,  AT&T Business  Solutions. "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."

Both companies are board-level founders of the Open Visual Communications
Consortium, an industry body whose mission is to develop and support a
ubiquitous video marketplace.

For more information on AT&T Telepresence Solution visit  

For more information on Polycom RealPresence video solutions visit  

*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 AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and  one of the
most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T
operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in  the United States 
and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes
the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi,
high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile
Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S.
carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It
also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse®  and AT&T │DIRECTV
brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one
of the most advanced in the world.  

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About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and
collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by
more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by
the Polycom®  RealPresence®  Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and
rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business,
mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000
partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best
user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit  or connect with us on  Twitter,  Facebook, and  LinkedIn  to
learn how we're pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.

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Aaron Virola, AT&T Corporate Communications, +1-212-453-2396,;
Ellen Topp, Polycom Corporate Communications, +1-408-586-4041,

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