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BT Conferencing launches BT One Source for Polycom Telepresence Solutions


BT (LSE: BT.A; NYSE: BT) today announced its launch of a fully-managed immersive telepresence solution, BT One Source, for Polycom Immersive Solutions. The One Source solution combines Polycom’s RealPresence™ Experience (RPX™) and Polycom Telepresence Experience™ (TPX™) immersive telepresence solutions along with BT Conferencing’s comprehensive management services to provide customers with an easy-to-use, reliable and cost-effective solution for immersive telepresence.

Organizations of all sizes and across industries are adopting telepresence and video conferencing to address the challenges of global communication and collaboration, reducing business costs, and driving corporate social responsibility. As part of a comprehensive portfolio of telepresence solutions that meet different application, space and budget requirements, Polycom immersive telepresence solutions include life-size high-definition video, high performance audio and a highly interactive, immersive environment designed to make people in different locations feel like they are in the same room.

BT’s One Source services provide users with a single partner for all of their Polycom telepresence and video conferencing needs. Customers can tailor their solution with a mix of solutions and services to meet specific business requirements. This, coupled with coverage provided by BT’s extensive global IP network across 170 countries and 24x7x365 helpdesk support, ensures quality of conferencing services for customers worldwide.

Jeff Prestel, General Manager of BT Conferencing’s Video Business Unit, comments: “With the current business focus on reducing costs, maximizing resources and being environmentally responsible, telepresence and video conferencing have become a more reliable and prominent solution for organizations today. Polycom’s immersive telepresence solutions combined with BT Conferencing’s industry leading managed services provide the perfect platform for communicating in our evolving business environment.”

Gary Abad Vice President, Channel Sales at Polycom agrees. “Our customers are demanding full solutions to solve their economic challenges Polycom offers a complete range of standards-based telepresence solutions for different application, space and budget requirements, including the most immersive offering in the market today, the Polycom RPX, that together enable seamless, enterprise-wide visual communication. The BT One Source for Polycom immersive telepresence solutions gives customers a complete solution and service offering to address all of their visual communication needs.”

BT One Source for Polycom Immersive Solutions will be generally available in the US and Europe from April 1, 2009, providing a complete managed services solution for customers that are currently making hardware purchases.

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.

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