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AVI-SPL, Cisco and TELUS Join Open Visual Communications Consortium

27 global video communications leaders now collaborating on OVCC multi-network, multi-vendor video communications

SAN RAMON, Calif. – June 26, 2012 – AVI-SPL, Cisco and TELUS have joined the Open Visual Communications Consortium™ (OVCC™), a group of leading service and solution providers creating the blueprint to deliver high-quality video collaboration that connects any vendor, any network and any device, anywhere. AVI-SPL and Cisco joined the organization as board members.

The three new members bring OVCC membership to 27 companies, more than doubling OVCC membership just eight months after launching.

The consortium welcomes its new members:

  • AVI-SPL – AVI-SPL is the world's leading video communications partner. AVI-SPL designs, builds and supports the systems and environments that support visual collaboration and connection. Their comprehensive platform includes professional AV installation, telepresence and video conferencing, digital media systems, managed conferencing services and content production services.
  • Cisco – Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco is a leading provider of interoperable telepresence experiences and continues to drive acceleration of solutions that ultimately will make video calling as easy as making a voice call is today.  Cisco's portfolio of TelePresence offerings – spanning dedicated, immersive video experiences for group meetings to multi-purpose solutions to personal telepresence, and software clients—complement an expansive portfolio of unified collaboration solutions including IP communications, mobility, contact center, web conferencing, messaging and enterprise social software.
  • TELUS – TELUS is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

 "The OVCC organization's focus on bringing high-quality, multi-network, multi-vendor video service to market faster has compelled a distinguished list of global leaders to collaborate on enterprise video services. We are excited to welcome AVI-SPL, Cisco and TELUS, " said Andrew McFadzen, OVCC president. "Each new member's participation adds proof that OVCC members will deliver video communication between any vendor, any network and any device."

OVCC members contribute to and implement the OVCC technical and commercial blueprint, using established standards and best practices to accelerate and commercialize business-to-business video communications. OVCC members are committed to providing video around the world to enable enterprise users to place and receive video calls beyond corporate firewalls and across standards-based and proprietary video platforms. The first OVCC services are scheduled to launch later this year.

The new members join OVCC founders (marked with an asterisk) and existing members:

  • AARnet Pty., Ltd.
  • ACT Conferencing
  • AT&T*
  • Acme Packet
  • BCS Global*
  • Bharti Airtel*
  • BT Conferencing*
  • Dialogic, Inc.
  • Glowpoint
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Kathea
  • Masergy*
  • Microsoft
  • Orange Business Services*
  • PCCW Global Ltd.
  • Polycom, Inc.*
  • Sabre Travel Network
  • SingTel Group
  • Tata Communications
  • Teliris
  • Telstra*
  • Verizon*
  • XConnect
  • YorkTel Corporation

Service providers will develop and implement OVCC technical and commercial specifications based on industry standards, best practices and business approaches to answer the need for interconnection, addressing, signaling, interoperability and service coordination. Interoperable, high-quality connectivity across networks and devices should allow network providers to profitably and predictably monetize their inter-enterprise video exchanges. By making interoperability requirements invisible to the enterprise, the OVCC specification enables enterprise users to leverage video conferencing investments and enable more efficient value chains – spanning customers, distributors and suppliers – to improve the speed and efficiency of doing business.

About OVCC

Open Visual Communications Consortium is a group of global video exchange providers, network providers and equipment manufacturers that have united to expand video communications and simplify video calls. OVCC members will create multi-vendor, multi-network specifications offering a technical blueprint and business model to support the full spectrum of video systems, from immersive telepresence and room-based systems, to high definition and standard definition, and from desktop clients to mobile devices. Join the OVCC by visiting us at ovcc.net.

Open Visual Communications Consortium is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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OVCC is a trademark or registered trademark of the Open Visual Communications Consortium in the United States, other countries or both. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.

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