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Regus Expands Global Telepresence Reach with Cable&Wireless Worldwide and Polycom

March 26, 2010 | Howard Lichtman

Polycom_RPX_200_Multi_550.jpgRegus hits key milestone with openings of its immersive telepresence suites in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago

NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES and CHICAGO, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With the fourth in a series of four global launches Regus, (LSE: RGU), the world's largest provider of innovative workplace solutions, today announced that it is opening three brand-new immersive telepresence suites - in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago - based on Cable&Wireless Worldwide's Managed Video Conferencing (MVC) solution, using telepresence solutions from Polycom, Inc. ( PLCM).

With the increasing pressure to cut travel spending, increase productivity and reduce environmental impact, Regus' telepresence offering will help its customers stay connected and provide them with ultimate flexibility for their business operations.

The new facilities are part of Cable&Wireless Worldwide and Regus' joint initiative to implement market-leading high-definition telepresence suites at Regus' premier global business centers using Cable&Wireless Worldwide's Managed Video Conferencing (MVC) solution, which was announced in April of last year.  Cable&Wireless Worldwide selected Polycom to provide the Polycom RealPresence Experience (RPX) immersive telepresence suites for the Regus centers.

"We are redefining the world of work, offering business of all sizes flexible, innovative and state-of-the-art locations in which to meet, work and collaborate," said Guillermo Rotman, CEO for Regus Americas. "In response to rising demand from these organizations, we are continually enhancing and expanding the facilities in our global network, as we look to better enable the professionals of today and tomorrow. Telepresence solutions will play a fundamental role in helping us achieve this objective."

"The demand for immersive telepresence in Regus business centers worldwide is yet another point of validation that visual communication is becoming a mission-critical business tool, and will be ubiquitous within two to three years. Regus customers will now be able to take advantage of Polycom's immersive telepresence experience in a natural, 'across the table' way and be as productive and efficient - just as if they were in the same room," said Bob Hagerty, CEO of Polycom. "They can connect to Regus facilities, their own offices or with their customers, vendors and partners anywhere in the world via telepresence. Polycom's open standards approach allows this to happen seamlessly."

Regus_logo.jpg"In the past, video conferencing has been held back by poor-quality communications networks that made images jump and voices crackle.  Regus has chosen to run its telepresence suites over our global next-generation network which makes these issues a thing of the past," said Rob Breuche, Managing Director, Cable&Wireless Americas.  "Regus is opening up multimedia conferencing across that network to the entire world, transforming the way that new customers carry out meetings and giving existing video users the opportunity to expand their footprint without the need for significant investment ."

All Regus telepresence and videocommunication suites can be booked at anytime and from anywhere in the world through a sophisticated online booking tool including global real-time meeting room and telepresence/VC availability - www.regus.com.

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About The Regus Group

The Regus Group (LSE: RGU) is the world's leading global provider of innovative workspace solutions, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world's largest network of video communication studios. Regus delivers a new way to work, whether it's from home, on the road or from an office. Clients such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core business.

Over 500,000 clients a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,000 locations in 450 cities and 78 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. For more information please visit www.regus.com.

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About Cable&Wireless

Cable and Wireless plc is one of the world's leading international communications companies. It operates through two standalone business units - Cable&Wireless Worldwide and CWI. The Worldwide business (formerly Europe, Asia & US) specialises in offering high quality communications services such as IP, data, voice and hosting to large enterprise, reseller and carrier customers. It operates globally, with core markets in UK, Asia and EMEA, and provides connectivity in 153 countries. CWI is an owner and operator of leading regional telecoms businesses. Headquartered in London, it operates businesses through four regional operations the Caribbean, Panama, Macau and Monaco & Islands delivering world class service and efficiency. CWI is a full-service telecommunications provider offering mobile, broadband, and domestic and international fixed line services, as well as enterprise and managed service solutions. For more information about Cable&Wireless, go to www.cw.com.

In November 2009, the Cable and Wireless plc Board announced its intention to separate the Cable&Wireless Communications Group and the Cable&Wireless Worldwide Group, reflecting its belief that the businesses had reached a position where they would deliver increased value to shareholders as separately listed companies. Cable&Wireless Worldwide Group is expected to demerge from Cable and Wireless plc at the end of March 2010 subject to shareholder and court approval.

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About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutionspolycom_160x87px.jpg  and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Visit www.polycom.com for more information and follow us on Twitter @AllAboutPolycom.

© 2010 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom "Triangles" logo and the names and marks associated with Polycom's products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

SOURCE: Regus; Polycom; Cable & Wireless

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