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China companies to get telepresence from AT&T

Carol Ko | May 20, 2009
Enabled by Cisco TelePresence

HONG KONG, 20 MAY 2009 Companies in China will be able to connect with their business partners worldwide with AT&T's telepresence service in the country, enabled by Cisco TelePresence.

Local service providers in China are collaborating with AT&T, a US-based communications solutions provider, to launch the service.

The availability of AT&T's Telepresence Solution in China is part of the telco's recently announced US$1 billion planned global network and portfolio investment for 2009 and extends the availability of the service to 25 countries globally.

The availability of AT&T Telepresence Solution in collaboration with local service providers further enhances our robust portfolio of Internet protocol-based communications services in China. We are committed to providing customers with leading-edge solutions to help them improve productivity and collaboration in these challenging times, said Sainti Li, AT&T Greater China general manager.

Transition from video conferencing systems

AT&T recently announced a new feature that will allow companies to connect their existing video conferencing systems to AT&T Telepresence Solution.

By the end of this quarter, companies will be able to connect their existing H.323 compatible legacy videoconferencing systems with their AT&T Telepresence Solution rooms, offering a cost-effective solution to leverage historically under-utilised systems.

With this new feature for intra-company conferencing, existing SD (standard definition) or Internet protocol-based video conferencing systems will act as an end-point when a telepresence session begins.

AT&T also recently announced 2009 plans to double the number of its own AT&T Telepresence Solution rooms worldwide to 50.


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