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BT Conferencing Launches BT One Source for Cisco TelePresence

June 25, 2008 | John Serrao
bt_160x61px.gifEL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - BT today announced the launch of its fully-managed immersive video solution, BT One Source for Cisco TelePresence. BT One Source combines Cisco's immersive high-definition technology with BT Conferencing's comprehensive management services to provide customers with an easy-to-use, reliable and cost-effective immersive video conferencing solution.

With businesses focusing on reducing travel costs and lowering CO2 emissions, an increasing number are looking to utilize video conferencing and TelePresence services. Cisco's TelePresence solution combines life-size high definition video, spatial audio and a specially designed interactive environment to create the feeling of being in the same room as participants in remote locations.

BT's One Source services provide users with a single partner for all of their Cisco TelePresence and video conferencing needs. Customers have the ability to choose a mix of services specific to their requirements, providing them with a tailored solution. This, coupled with the support provided by BT's extensive global IP network across more than 170 countries, ensures quality of service for every conference.

Key features of BT One Source for Cisco TelePresence include:

- Design and provisioning: which includes hardware procurement, room readiness and network path assessments
- Detailed room configuration design and set up
- Global Project Management
- Optional IP overlay network
- Proactive device and network monitoring
- 24x7 Help Desk support
- Hosting services for CTMS switch, TelePresence Manager and Cisco Communications Manager
- Automated Call scheduling and launching tools
- Support for TelePresence interoperability with traditional video conferencing devices
- Producer assisted TelePresence calls

Jeff Prestel, General Manager of BT Conferencing's Video Business Unit, comments: "In today's business environment connecting the right people at the right time is the key to building successful relationships. Video and TelePresence is taking conferencing to the next level, and One Source simplifies this solution for customers."

The launch of BT One Source for Cisco TelePresence follows BT's recent acquisition of Wire One Communications, a market leader in video communications, which was the first company to launch and implement a managed concierge service for Cisco TelePresence.

BT One Source for Cisco TelePresence is currently available in the US and will be commercially available in Europe and Asia-Pacific shortly.

About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2008, BT Group plc's revenue was 20,704 million pounds sterling with profit before taxation and specific items of 2,506 million pounds.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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About BT Conferencing

BT Conferencing was established more than 20 years ago and is now one of the leading global providers of audio, video and web collaboration services. Year on year growth has seen the company out-perform the conferencing industry expectation and with its extensive global portfolio, is now one of the largest conferencing providers in the UK and Europe with current reach in more than 70 countries. BT Conferencing is based in the USA, EMEA and Asia Pacific and specialises in the delivery of reliable, robust and innovative conferencing solutions and product hardware to some of the largest companies in the world. The company offers tailor-made solutions to customers, whether they are small SMEs or major global businesses. With businesses now juggling to increase productivity, being more environmentally aware and at the same time looking to improve the work-life balance of its employees, conferencing and collaboration services provide a cost effective and time saving solution.

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