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Vidtel and ZTE Bring Platform-Agnostic Video Conferencing to Small and Medium Enterprises in North America
June 13, 2012 | William Zimmerman
ZTE resellers now offer Vidtel's MeetMe service with ZTE endpoints to provide a low-cost, user-friendly solution with enterprise-grade quality
LAS VEGAS, June 13, 2012 - Vidtel and ZTE USA today announced a co-marketing agreement to bring Vidtel's cloud-based MeetMe video conferencing service to ZTE's hardware and software-based endpoints including the T800, T700, and T100. The bundling gives ZTE USA resellers in North America a new cloud-based, turnkey solution for targeting the underserved small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It also effectively eliminates the cost and complexity barriers that prevent most SMEs from using video conferencing. SME customers will now be able to conduct video conferences across platforms, without the need for costly bridges and exchange services.
As the world's fifth largest telecom equipment provider globally, ZTE has shipped over 100,000 video conferencing endpoints to date. In particular, the T700 model is a high-definition video conference terminal that is designed to meet the needs of enterprise-level customers. It is easy to deploy in the meeting room and it supports 1080p definition and broadband audio. The combination of ZTE's exceptional hardware offering and Vidtel's MeetMe video conference service offers resellers and their SME customers several benefits:
With Vidtel MeetMe, ZTE users now can communicate with participants who are using any other brand of H.323 or SIP video conferencing platform, including Cisco/Tandberg, InFocus, LifeSize and Polycom. This interoperability maximizes ZTE products' ROI by freeing SMEs from the limitation of not being able to connect to different vendors' video conferencing systems. Vidtel MeetMe frees SMEs from the expense and challenge of supporting on-premises bridges and other infrastructure. These features eliminate the cost and complexity barrier to adoption, enabling ZTE USA resellers to target a wider range of potential SME customers. Vidtel MeetMe features straightforward, predictable, low-cost pricing. This predictability and affordability enable ZTE USA resellers to target SMEs whose budgets can't afford traditional video conferencing solutions.
"As ZTE gears up to compete more on services and product development and enter the U.S. market with cloud video conferencing, we anticipate a successful partnership," said Vidtel CEO Scott Wharton. "ZTE has shaken up the telecom industry globally with innovative, high-quality, aggressively priced products, and is poised to have the same disruptive effect in video conferencing. Together, we're breaking down the barriers to wide adoption and enabling resellers to bring enterprise-grade video conferencing to businesses of any size."
"ZTE is looking forward to making enterprise-level video conferencing more accessible to small and medium enterprises with the addition of Vidtel's innovative cloud offering," said Richard Qu, EVP ZTE USA, "Combined with Vidtel's MeetMe video conferencing service, ZTE will enrich the mid-market with a compelling offer from a cost, ease of use and interoperability standpoint."
Live demos of the ZTE products with Vidtel MeetMe will be available at InfoComm June 13-15. To participate in the live demos, see instructions for accessing Vidtel's "public" rooms at www.vidtel.com/try-vidtel.html. For more information, visit Vidtel at booth No. N1613 or ZTE at booth No. N2717. Vidtel CEO Scott Wharton and ZTE's Eric Henderson will present at InfoComm's panel entitled Telepresence and High Definition Video Conferencing - Breaking Down the Geographical Barriers today at 2:30-4:30 pm PST.
Founded in 2008, Vidtel is the pioneer of any-to-any video conferencing service, providing compatibility between a diverse set of business-grade and consumer-grade video endpoints. Vidtel enables even small and medium enterprises to affordably experience the productivity of high-quality video conferencing between dispersed employees, partners, and customers. Vidtel is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, CA.
About ZTE USA
ZTE USA is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. ZTE USA is dedicated to making quality communications technology accessible to all. The company draws on more than 25 years of experience and research investment to deliver smart, affordable, quality choices for infrastructure and mobile data device customers nationwide. For more information, visit www.zteusa.com.
ZTE is a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every sector of the wireline, wireless, service and terminals markets. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to over 500 operators in more than 140 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while achieving continued revenue growth. ZTE's 2010 revenue led the industry with a 21% increase to USD10.609 billion. ZTE commits 10 percent of its revenue to research and development and takes a leading role in a wide range of international bodies developing emerging telecoms standards. A company with sound corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, ZTE is a member of the UN Global Compact. ZTE is China's only listed telecom manufacturer, publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.
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