AT&T To Offer Businesses An Expanded Global Video & Telepresence Community

Tue Feb 5, 2013 5:00am EST

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AT&T Signs New Agreements with Tata Communications and T-Systems and Launches
OVCC Compliant Service
DALLAS,  Feb. 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- To help simplify how businesses benefit
from video collaboration technology,  AT&T* announced today two new
interconnection agreements with T-Systems and Tata Communications for global
telepresence services.  AT&T also announced that  AT&T Telepresence Solution is
one of the first Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC) compliant
services, offering customers multi-vendor video collaboration across a range of
service providers.  

Through the inter-provider agreements with Tata Communications and T-Systems,
AT&T Telepresence Solution customers can now extend collaboration across a
broader set of global telecommunication provider networks, creating a smooth and
more consistent experience through thousands of video endpoints.

"As a leader in pervasive video collaboration, we are committed to providing
global interoperability across service providers and endpoints," said  Alan
Benway, Executive Director of  AT&T Business Solutions. "These agreements
demonstrate our progress in providing customers with increased opportunities to
improve how they work with suppliers and business partners through global video

"Ongoing cooperation from AT&T, T-Systems, Tata Communications and others
continues to enable expanded opportunities for global video collaboration," said
 Brian Washburn, Research Director, Network Services, Current Analysis. "These
agreements continue to create a web of access points for customers to seamlessly
connect to video solutions and services from many providers."

As a founding member of the Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC), a
group of leading service and solution providers creating the blueprint to
deliver high-quality video collaboration that connects vendors, networks and
devices, virtually anywhere, AT&T is further building on a longstanding
commitment to extend video collaboration capabilities across a broad range of
devices. AT&T has expanded its offering with BT and Orange Business Services
through the OVCC's first wave of compliant video services, creating a larger
ecosystem for users to collaborate through video. The OVCC is also providing
connectivity using the industry leading  AT&T Virtual Private Network  to
establish the core infrastructure used between OVCC-compliant video services.  

Highlights and benefits

* Broader access and facilitation of near real-time, immersive telepresence
meetings around the world between companies that are connected to the AT&T
Business Exchange, Tata Communications or the T-System Telepresence Community;  
* Telepresence and video interoperability between endpoints across the AT&T
Business Exchange, BT and Orange Business Services consistent with the OVCC
* Works with both scheduled and reservation-less Virtual Meeting Rooms on the
AT&T Business Exchange  
* Potential decrease in travel costs, with the opportunity to reduce an
organization's travel related carbon footprint;  
* More efficient use of limited resources - people are meeting instead of
* Easy remote collaboration, promoting quicker decision-making and issue

"We are delighted to be entering into this inter-provider agreement with AT&T to
expand the global telepresence ecosystem," said  Peter Quinlan, Vice President,
Integrated Business Video Services, Tata Communications. "Inter-carrier
agreements, through Tata Communications' Global Meeting Exchange network are
part of our long term strategy to enable an open, global telepresence ecosystem
for business video collaboration, connecting customers regardless of network or
service provider."

"We are dedicated to providing customers with our video solutions, 'Cross
Company Exchange Service' that enhance the way their businesses work and
collaborate with partners and constituents," said  Hagen Rickmann, Director
Service and Board Member of T-Systems. "The Interoperability agreement with AT&T
allows us to truly increase our reach providing customers with innovative and
intuitive video collaboration capabilities."  

For more information on AT&T Telepresence Solution visit

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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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Aaron Virola, AT&T Corporate Communications, +1-212-453-2396,;
Melissa Salottolo, AT&T Corporate Communications, +1-212-453-2327,

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