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First OVCC Compliant Video Services Now Available

The Open Visual Communications Consortium announced today the first wave of OVCC compliant enterprise video services are now available from OVCC members AT&T, BCS Global, Airtel Business, BT, Glowpoint and Orange Business Services. Enterprise users can now visually collaborate with more people, more simply, promoting productive and cost-effective visual collaboration with customers, colleagues, suppliers and distributors around the world.

Additionally, OVCC members AT&T, Airtel Business, Masergy and Orange Business Services developed the OVCC compliant interconnect network that supports the new interoperable video services available to enterprise users.

With today’s release of the first OVCC compliant video services, the organization delivers its launch promise of marketable, commercial OVCC services in 2012. The new video services are compliant with the OVCC blueprint and are offered by each OVCC member service provider under its own brand. The groundbreaking OVCC blueprint provides global video interoperability at business and network levels that profitably and predictably interconnects and monetizes service providers’ video exchanges, which should accelerate adoption of visual collaboration services.

“The OVCC blueprint has accelerated business and connectivity agreements needed for members to offer multi-network, multi-vendor video services while assuring high-quality performance and user experience in this first wave of OVCC compliant services. OVCC members will use the innovative blueprint to extend their visual communication services broadly, regardless of network, vendor or device,” said Andrew McFadzen, president of the Open Visual Communications Consortium. “Enterprise users will schedule video collaboration meetings, pushing beyond corporate firewalls and proprietary platforms to collaborate effectively with more people.”

Enterprise customers can use OVCC compliant services to expand the reach and use of video collaboration, thereby increasing productivity and decreasing costly travel throughout their entire value chains. Customers should contact their service providers directly for details of OVCC compliant service offerings.

Visual communications stakeholders interested in closing video connectivity gaps should visit www.ovcc.net.

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.

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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