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One-click to Virtual Meetings with Telstra

June 6, 2008 | Chris Payatagool
Telstra_Holographic_Telepresence.jpgAnother Australian first was recorded by Telstra today when it announced the commercial availability of Australia's first end-to-end Telstra Cisco TelePresence Managed Service solution a unique, immersive 'one-click' in-person collaboration experience delivered over the Australia-wide Telstra Next IP(TM) network.

The Telstra Cisco TelePresence solution gives organisations an alternative to travelling long distances for meetings across Australia or overseas as it creates an environment for up to 6 people at each end utilising immersive, purpose built meeting rooms. This gives the experience of feeling you are sitting across the table from participants at other locations.

It can therefore deliver significant benefits such as improved time management, cost savings and productivity gains, as well as help reduce carbon emissions. The new flexibly priced commercial offering announced today makes it easier for enterprises to access this significant capability, with Telstra packaging all of the necessary arrangements into a single managed service agreement.

Mr David Thodey, Group Managing Director, Telstra Enterprise and Government made the announcement during a presentation in Brisbane where Telstra used hologram technology to beam Telstra's Chief Technology Officer, Dr Hugh Bradlow, live into Brisbane from Melbourne to talk at a major function for senior business executives.

Mr Thodey said the live hologram demonstrated today is a symbol of what will be available in the future - but today we are already creating 'virtual meetings' through what we call TelePresence employing sophisticated equipment from Cisco, with managed end to end services from Telstra and using the high data speed and capacity of the Telstra Next IP(TM) network.

"Telstra and Cisco can play an important role in today's fast moving business world, where the need to interact and collaborate with co-workers, business partners, and customers can be required at a moment's notice, by bringing people seamlessly together in face-to-face meetings without them having to be physically present.

"This new Telstra Cisco TelePresence solution will open up many possibilities as it allows real time and real life interaction between people in different locations potentially thousands of kilometres apart," Mr Thodey said.

Mr Les Williamson, Cisco Australia and New Zealand Vice President, said Telstra and Cisco continue to expand their long standing relationship with the deployment of Cisco TelePresence as a go to market solution for Telstra, redefining the way video is used in business to underpin the creation of competitive advantage through new collaborative workforce models.

The Telstra solution, based on Cisco TelePresence, also has the potential to significantly reduce the costs of travel on the bottom line and on the environment - a critically important area of business in Australia and around the world.

Mr Philip Jones, Executive Director, Telstra Product Management, said "Telstra was the first organisation to introduce Cisco TelePresence to Australia in 2007 and its internal usage has soared with room occupancy of up to six hours a day. Telstra's Cisco TelePresence solution reduces the need for customers to travel for meetings, by leveraging one our biggest assets our Australia-wide IP network."

Telstra and Cisco are able to design and build customised rooms at each end, enabling face-toface high-definition images to be transmitted in real-time allowing interaction and collaboration with co-workers, business partners or customers, possibly many of thousands of kilometres away.

The Telstra Cisco TelePresence solution combines high definition audio quality, interactive technologies and a specially-designed environment to approximate the feeling of actually being in the same room as participants in separate locations.

The Telstra Cisco TelePresence solution is easy to use, with users able to schedule the TelePresence rooms through their Microsoft Outlook calendar. They can now launch the meeting with a one-click application on the meeting room handset.

Telstra Media Contact:

Martin Barr

Tel: (03) 9634 4990

Mbl: 0418 101 127

Telstra's national media inquiry line is 1300 769 780 and the Telstra Media Centre is located at:

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