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Regus Group Selects Cisco in Largest Ever Global Lifesize Video Meetings Deal

March 16, 2007 | John Serrao

March 16, 2007 - Regus (LON: RGU), the world's largest provider of outsourced workplaces, is delighted to announce that it will be the first to offer its clients and the public the facility to have real time meetings across the globe using Cisco TelePresence.

Regus has signed a deal with Cisco to provide 50 TelePresence systems, which will be rolled out over the coming weeks in the leading business cities around the world including New York, London, Tokyo, Sydney and Paris. It will be available to the growing number of companies utilising high definition video meetings to avoid expensive and time-consuming travel.

Market requirement

With the continued globalisation of business, regular meetings with international partners, colleagues and clients are still increasing. The costs involved, time required and implications on carbon emissions will mean that business managers will have to prioritise more.

TelePresence is the most advanced of a new generation of video collaboration technology that makes the meeting experience almost the same as being there in person. The deal announced today will enable business managers to:

  • Talk live as though they were in the room
  • Tie in with several different locations
  • Enter a meeting at the touch of a button
  • Use this product as easily as making a phone call

Mark Dixon, CEO of the Regus Group, said:

"We have long believed there was a gap for a premium electronic meeting room solution. There is a desire to eliminate unnecessary global travel due to the congestion of airports, cost of travel, demands on time and focus on green issues.

"As business becomes increasingly demanding, we need to be more productive. Electronic and virtual meetings are key to this. This is yet another product that Regus is offering its clients to enable them to work more flexibly, interact with their teams, protect the environment, keep costs down and work without boundaries."

Leading edge technology

New capabilities of Cisco's TelePresence solution will make public TelePresence possible and viable: It will enable Regus sites to connect to corporate sites; multiple rooms in a single meeting; and will provide a consistent quality of service to customers globally.

Cisco's quality, simplicity and architecture was the key to the selection.

  • Quality - life size, ultra high def video (1080p) and spatial audio make TelePresence's 'as good as being there'
  • Simplicity - one button to push call initiation and groupware scheduling (via Microsoft Outlook) enable self-service operation for low total cost of operation (TCO)
  • Architecture - Cisco's network as a platform enables reliability, security and rapid product evolution

Robert Lloyd, Senior Vice President, US and Canada, for Cisco said:

"Regus has developed a highly innovative service offering which will add considerable value to its business and that of its customers. The TelePresence solution will help Regus' clients improve existing business processes, speed time-to-market for developing new products and services, and help scale valuable resources. By taking advantage of the Cisco Services organisation, Regus and its customers will have the confidence that qualified network management is available to support the service globally."

For further information please contact:

Regus
Mark Dixon, Chief Executive Officer
Scott Goodwin, Managing Director IT & Services
0870 880 8484

Brunswick
Simon Sporborg / Robert Gardener
[email protected]
020 7404 5959

About Regus

The Regus Group is the world's leading provider of pioneering workplace solutions, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the worlds largest network of videoconferencing studios. The Regus Group delivers a new way to work, whether it's from home, on the road or from an office.

Clients such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Nokia and Accenture join thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to The Regus Group, allowing them to focus on their core business.

Over 200,000 clients a day benefit from The Regus Group facilities spread across a global footprint of 950 locations, in 400 cities and 70 countries which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to.

About Cisco Systems

Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com

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