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Tata Comm to Launch TelePresence Exchange Mid 2009

May 2, 2009 | Chris Payatagool

cisco_telepresence_2.jpgBy Sonal Desai

To be opened in mid of 2009, the telepresence exchanges are interconnection points for Cisco Telepresence rooms. By connecting to the Exchange, meetings can be set up between disparate Cisco Telepresence rooms that were previously not connected. The more rooms are connected to each other, the more useful the tele presence service is, said Peter Quinlan, director Tele presence Managed Services, Tata Communications.

So what the Tatas are offering are their points of presence (PoPs) in Mumbai, New York and London, as also the PoPs in their global MPLS PoPs for customers in other geographies. These PoPs will support customer connections. The company is already offering physical infrastructure to Cisco for the same technology. In Mumbai, Cisco and the Tatas have set-up a tele presence room at the Taj Mahal Hotel and also the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

Explaining the technology Quinlan said, The carrier-grade global meeting exchange is a globally distributed collection of major exchange PoPs which are connected across a high bandwidth Tele presence-grade network cloud to create one Global Exchange. Minor PoPs extend from the cloud to provide convenient choices for connectivity. GMX services are robustly implemented using software automation and skilled service operators. The fully resilient major PoPs include carrier-grade Session Border Controllers for inter-company security and service flexibility as well as bridges to support multi-point meet me service.

The tele presence services include managed private Cisco telepresence rooms, public tele presence rooms that can be rented by the hour, and the ability for these private and public rooms to connect with each other.

Private and public rooms are only different in their availability and investment commitment; they are the exact same technology.

Private rooms are Tele presence rooms that belong to the respective enterprise, built on their premises and available only to their internal staff. Each enterprise funds the entire cost of the rooms hardware, network, installation and ongoing costs.

Public rooms are Telepresence rooms that are open by service providers at the moment, only Tata Communications has opened public rooms. They are available to the general public, anyone is able to rent them on a pay-per-use, hourly basis with no further investment costs, said Quinlan.

Currently, public and private Tele presence rooms on the Tata network are able to interconnect. This announcement is about enabling rooms on different service providers networks to interconnect. For example, if customer A has a private Tele presence room on service provider B s network, by connecting to the Tata Exchange, they will be able to set up meetings with any of the Tata public rooms, which dramatically increases the number of interconnections available to that private room.

What will be the cost savings? Tata Communications and Cisco did not disclose figures. All that Quinlan said is, the cost savings are tremendous because it enables enterprises to utilize Cisco tele presence facilities that are already on the network eg. public rooms and that their ecosystem partners, customers, suppliers, have built, rather than trying to build an extensive network of rooms themselves.

[via cxotoday.com]







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