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AARNet & Huawei pioneer Telepresence interoperability in Australia

September 22, 2011 | Hogan Keyser
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Australia, 22 September 2011: AARNet and Huawei have demonstrated an Australian-first breakthrough in high-definition Telepresence (TP) interoperability, seamlessly linking up Huawei's latest TP suite in Melbourne with AARNet's existing Polycom and Cisco Telepresence equipment. The demo also marked the launch of Huawei's first Telepresence system in Australia with AARNet, opening the door for a new era of competition and interoperability for telepresence technology.

In a significant first step for a strategic partnership between the two organisations, the Huawei telepresence solution will allow AARNet and its customers to hold meetings over immersive high-definition video with Australian and international academic and research institutions. The system will interoperate seamlessly with other standards-based telepresence systems developed by vendors other than Huawei, ensuring an easy-to-use and consistent telepresence experience.

"AARNet is pioneering interoperability in the telepresence space. Yesterday marked the first Australian multi-vendor, multi-location telepresence demonstration," said Chris Hancock, CEO of AARNet. "AARNet is leading the way in video and bandwidth at speeds of 72 Mbps, paving the way for the type of services businesses can expect to see delivered through the NBN in the future."


"Telepresence is revolutionising collaboration within the research and education community. It enables researchers to connect some of the top minds in the country, bringing them together in virtual conferences where they can share expertise and drive forward solutions," said James Sankar, AARNet's Applications and Services Director. "AARNet is committed to working with partners such as Huawei to boost access to telepresence via interoperable systems. The goal is to enable vendor agnostic collaboration, allowing as many institutions as possible to communicate using these tools. To further drive accessibility, AARNet offers telepresence as an unmetered service from AARNet-connected customer locations, eliminating the barrier of high 'per-use' network costs."

Huawei has supplied the TP3006 telepresence suite, including three 1080p high-definition (HD) video screens, one HD data monitor, immersive HD audio, and a touchscreen remote control. The system also utilises standards-based encryption techniques to ensure connection security. The system will work across AARNet's National Videoconferencing Service using AARNet's Polycom and Codian MCU (multipoint control unit) conferencing bridges. Separate tests have successfully linked Huawei Telepresence equipment with both Polycom and Cisco Telepresence systems.

"This is Huawei's first Enterprise contract in Australia, and the telepresence suite is a great example of the innovation Huawei's Enterprise business will bring to the Australian market," said Huawei Australia CTO Peter Rossi. "AARNet needed a solution which could interconnect with a number of existing telepresence suites across their own offices and partner locations. Huawei's telepresence suite will allow AARNet to seamlessly interoperate with any open standards based Telepresence or Video Conferencing system across Australia or around the world, meaning there is no risk of being locked-in to a single vendor's solution."

Huawei has actively pursued Telepresence interoperability to ensure customers  can protect their investments and avoid being locked into a single technology. Using Huawei's interoperable equipment allows customers to realise a multi-vendor strategy without any risk of isolating existing or future purchases.

AARNet has taken a leadership role in driving interoperability for video and unified communications system and is now seeking to develop interoperable telepresence systems across the national research and education sector. AARNet and Huawei have already conducted successful tests of the solution, connecting Huawei's system to other telepresence suites using open standards across International networks.

AARNet has already established three telepresence sites in Sydney and Canberra, with an additional site in Perth's Curtin University. While each of the three existing sites use equipment provided by a vendor other than Huawei, Huawei's telepresence suite ensures complete and seamless interoperability with any standards-based telepresence system.

The system also uses Huawei's most innovative technologies to ensure a consistent and clear connection. Huawei SEC (super error concealment) and IRC (intelligent rate control) technologies guarantee video quality even with significant packet loss, low bandwidth, latency or jitter over the network link.


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About Huawei
Huawei is a leading telecoms solutions provider serving 45 of the world's top 50 telecom operators. In Australia, Huawei employs more than 400 staff and works with all major Australian operators - 50% of Australians already use some sort of Huawei product for their telecommunications needs. Huawei's products and solutions have been deployed in over 100 countries and support the communications needs of one third of the world's population. For more information, please visit: , follow us on Twitter @HuaweiOz and

About AARNet
AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the company that operates Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet). It is a not-for-profit company limited by shares. The shareholders are 37 Australian universities and the CSIRO. AARNet provides high-capacity leading edge Internet services for the tertiary education and research sector communities and their research partners. AARNet serves more than one million end users who access the network through local area networks at member institutions.

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