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Elisa, Vidyo launch smartphone video conferencing service

December 14, 2010 | Howard Lichtman
Service will launch on Samsung's Galaxy phone, tablet.

Finnish telecom operator Elisa Oyj and U.S.-based equipment maker Vidyo Inc. said Tuesday they are launching a service which lets smartphone and tablet users connect to video conferences.

The mobile service, which will initially be offered with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s Galaxy smartphone and tablet, will allow people to dial in to video conferences on the move, making better use of time spent travelling and waiting at airports, said Pasi Maenpaa, head of Elisa's corporate customers unit.

Elisa's and Vidyo's offering is the first in the world to let several users communicate simultaneously between both mobile devices and other platforms such as desktop computers, Vidyo's general manager for the EMEA region, Eric Le Guiniec, told Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday.

Click here to find out more!The service, which allows smartphone or tablet users to see and talk to a number of conference participants on their screens, will eventually be offered to all of Elisa's business customers, he added.

Vidyo currently provides the video equipment for devices running Google Inc's Android operating system, such as the Galaxy, but it will later make it available for any tablet or smartphone which has a camera facing the user, said Le Guiniec.

The wider video conferencing market has grown rapidly in recent years, in part boosted by travel disruptions such as the recent snow chaos at European airports, and the Icelandic ash cloud which grounded much of the continent's air fleet in the Spring.

Research firm Gartner expects the size of the global video conferencing market to grow to around $8.6 billion in 2013 from around $4.9 billion this year.

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