Telepresence users on BT and Orange Business Services's respective networks can now talk to each other, the companies said on Thursday.
According to BT
their agreement will "help telepresence users reach more partners,
suppliers, customers and business prospects at public and private
end points across their networks".
However, the customers that want to talk to each other will have to
do so using Cisco
Telepresence equipment. It is not clear whether BT and Orange have
overcome any kind of technical limitation in letting their customers
communicate with one another using the same system, or
whether the agreement was a purely commercial move.
"This agreement is the latest addition to the expansion of the
video industry's connectivity capabilities and is an important step
forward," BT Conferencing chief Rich Lowe said in a statement. "It
demonstrates our commitment to increasing the network of accessible
telepresence locations for our customers and increasing the return on
Those wishing to use the inter-company service will need to contact
their provider to get the necessary conferencing information, which
they will then share with others who want to join the telepresence
BT and Orange have a directory listing registered organisations and
locations that are available for inter-provider connectivity.
Orange and Telefonica announced a similar
telepresence interoperability agreement in June.
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