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Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) Announces Breakthrough in HD Videoconferencing over Satellite with Industry's First On Demand, 'Pay as You Go' Service

October 11, 2011 | Hogan Keyser
EMC's Affordable HD Connect Satellite Service Offers the Highest Quality HD Video Communications Anywhere, Any Time -- at a Fraction of the Price of a Typical Dedicated Satellite Data Circuit

MIAMI, Oct 11, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE via Market Watch) -- Emerging Markets Communications (EMC), a premier provider of hybrid global satellite and terrestrial communications, today announced the general availability of its affordable new high quality HD Connect On Demand satellite technology, which offers significant breakthroughs for the telepresence, videoconferencing and visual collaboration industry.

The first high definition (HD) videoconferencing over satellite service available in an affordable, on demand, 'pay as you go' manner, HD Connect is available now for deployment to Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia -- and soon to China as well as Central and South America. HD Connect allows governments, multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in hard to reach areas of the world to use HD videoconferencing, telepresence and visual collaboration anywhere, anytime (on land, sea or in the air), at a fraction of the price of a typical dedicated satellite data circuit. HD Connect also delivers unprecedented quality, with low jitter, low packet loss and predictable and steady latency for excellent, unparalleled videoconferencing experiences.

Driving HD Connect is the industry's first single carrier per channel (SCPC) -- a non-shared, on/off model specifically designed for videoconferencing. With several patents pending around the methodology and the technology, EMC is the only company offering the service today.

HD Connect, which works with any videoconferencing system, utilizes EMC's high quality MPLS satellite network, which has been providing data services to governments and NGOs in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia for over eight years.

EMC's new HD Connect service offers:

  • Secure, mission-critical, end-to-end high quality video communications deployable anywhere on the planet
  • Affordability: A revolutionary 'pay as you go' service where users only pay for the bandwidth that is used, packaged with bundled hours of monthly usage (like a pre-paid cell phone)
  • High quality: Low jitter, low packet loss with predictable and steady latency for excellent videoconferencing experiences
  • Ease of use: Delivered via a browser in bandwidth multiples of 1mb & 5mb, the user simply goes to a portal, turns on the system and operates the videoconferencing system of his choice for as long as he likes
  • Speed of service: Circuit turn-on takes less than 30 seconds

A single vendor: Providing customers the ability to interact with just one vendor to reach over 140 countries eliminates the need to depend on the local infrastructure for power and communications outside the region. Since EMC owns the entire network, EMC is a single solution provider for all satellite-served areas.

"Until now, HD videoconferencing in the most remote regions of the world has been costly, unreliable and of poor quality," said Thomas Luketich, VP of Videoconferencing and Application Services for EMC. "Our easy to use HD Connect service enables organizations around the globe to conduct affordable, on demand, lifelike face-to-face communications and collaboration with colleagues, partners, suppliers and customers in regions that have traditionally been hard-to-reach."

"Historically, the use of satellite connections to host videoconferencing sessions has involved significant cost, performance and availability compromises," said Ira M. Weinstein, Senior Analyst and Partner at Wainhouse Research. "With its ad-hoc availability, consistent quality of service and usage-based pricing model, EMC's HD Connect has changed the rules of satellite-based videoconferencing."

In related, news, EMC also announced that it will be interconnecting with Masergy, a global provider of secure, virtualized network services. Masergy's IP/MPLS network, the most mature global IP/MPLS network in the industry, was purpose-built to support real-time applications like Telepresence and HD videoconferencing.

"EMC's new HD Connect service will provide clients with locations in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia with a compelling alternative solution for video applications in these fast-growing regions," said Chris Carr, Director of Video Markets for Masergy. "We are excited to be partnering with EMC as these regions are extremely important for our customers and partners."

About EMC

Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) is a premier provider of hybrid global satellite and terrestrial communications. Utilizing a high quality, fully managed network, EMC offers private end-to-end satellite solutions in more than 140 countries. EMC specializes in meeting the diverse communications needs of its customers, which includes Oil & Gas, Telecom, Financial Institutions, Global 2000 companies and Large Intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations. A US-based company with HQs in FL, EMC is powered by its network of strategically located, wholly-owned support centers (Argentina, Germany, Kazakhstan, Russia, UK, Thailand, UAE, US, Kenya, Angola, Nigeria and Senegal). EMC operates three wholly-owned teleport facilities in USA and EU, which are equipped with 11 to 32m C, Plan C, Ku, Ka, L and X-band antennas, as well as 120,000 sq ft of highly secure disaster recovery and business continuity infrastructure. Our QMS is ISO 9001-2009 certified. For more information, please visit .

SOURCE: Emerging Markets Communications

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