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BT Launches Inter-company TelePresence Capability with BT Global Video Exchange

QUINCY, Mass. - September 30, 2008 - BT today announced the
Sep 30, 2008

QUINCY, Mass. - September 30, 2008 - BT today announced the availability of BT Global Video Exchange, a service that enables Cisco TelePresence connections between companies. With this new service, companies can now connect to external business partners that have Cisco TelePresence systems.

With businesses focusing on reducing travel costs and lowering CO2 emissions, an increasing number are deploying immersive technology as a viable solution. Cisco TelePresence systems combine life-sized, high-definition video, spatial audio and a specially designed interactive environment to create the feeling of being in the same room as participants in remote locations. BT Global Video Exchange increases the utility of Cisco TelePresence by enabling interconnections between companies, driving more potential for use and faster return on investment. BT's networked IT heritage and the reach and quality of its MPLS network enable the delivery of world class services.

BT Global Video Exchange offers significant benefits and versatility to customers, including:

  • Full conferencing services, including set-up, live call monitoring and assistance and 24-hour help-desk support
  • A high level of multi-layered security
  • Global reach. BT Global Video Exchange is available now in the United States, UK and EMEA. Asia Pacific service will be available in the second half of 2009.

Aaron McCormack, CEO of BT Conferencing, said: "BT Global Video Exchange makes the promise of inter-company TelePresence a reality. The new services supported by BT Global Video Exchange help companies maximize their investments in TelePresence technology by allowing them to collaborate with partners, suppliers, customers and others around the globe. Our delivery of this offering further solidifies our global market leadership, video expertise and commitment to innovation."

Ross Fowler, vice president, service provider, European Markets, Cisco, commented: "The cost, efficiency and environmental arguments for Cisco TelePresence are now just too strong to ignore, and we see strong growth opportunities for video communication across a range of sectors. Today's announcement represents a first step towards 'anywhere, anytime' Cisco TelePresence capabilities for BT's global customers."Initially, BT Global Video Exchange will offer three levels of flexible service:

  • Producer-assisted offers full conferencing services with in-call monitoring and assistance available.
  • Automated self-service provides call assistance with no live call monitoring.
  • Direct Dial scheduling allows for reservation-less, point-to-point connections. In-call assistance is available on demand, with no call monitoring.

The launch of BT Global Video Exchange builds on BT's strong existing partnership with Cisco. BT recently became the first service provider to complete the Cisco TelePresence Global Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) program. In July 2008, BT also announced that it has earned Cisco's Global Certification status by expanding the geographical scope of its existing Cisco specializations in unified communications, routing and switching, security and wireless. Additionally, BT announced in June 2007 that it had earned the Cisco Powered TelePresence Connection certification.

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About BT Conferencing

BT Conferencing was established more than 20 years ago and is now a leading global provider of audio, video and web conferencing and collaboration services. Year on year growth has seen the company out-perform the conferencing industry expectation and with its extensive global portfolio, is now the number one conferencing provider in the UK and Europe with current reach in more than 75 countries. BT Conferencing is based in the USA, EMEA and Asia Pacific and specialises in the delivery of reliable, robust and innovative conferencing and collaborative solutions and product hardware to some of the largest companies in the world. The company offers tailor-made solutions to customers, whether they are major global businesses or small SMEs. With businesses now juggling to increase productivity, being more environmentally aware and at the same time looking to improve the work-life balance of its employees, conferencing and collaboration services provide a cost effective and time saving solution. For more information visit

About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2008, BT Group's revenue was £20,704 million with profit before taxation and specific items of £2,506 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.