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Cisco Intros TelePresence

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cisco today announced its new TelePresence Meeting solution, a remote communications experience that creates unique, “in-person” experiences among people, places, and events. Through innovations in video, audio, and remote communication technologies over the Internet Protocol Next-Generation (IP NGN) network, Cisco has redefined the “face-to-face”, remote communications experience.

AT&T has completed initial testing to help ensure network interoperability and performance of the TelePresence Meeting solution, with plans to incorporate offerings into its network integration and managed video communications portfolio, pending successful completion of full trials. The solutions will combine the Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution with the industry-leading service quality, reach, performance, and low latency of AT&T’s global IP-MPLS network, as well as AT&T’s integration capabilities for design, deployment and service management.

“AT&T is always looking to help enterprise customers manage travel costs and increase productivity through its world-class network and services. This next-generation solution has the potential to deliver face-to-face communications on a whole new level,” said Eric Shepcaro, senior vice president of Business Development for AT&T. “By holding network-based, collaborative meetings that provide participants with a greater sense of being there in person, businesses will be able to take advantage of the AT&T network to receive an optimum collaborative experience. We look forward to continuing to work with Cisco to develop new, high-quality communication offerings for our enterprise customers.”

In a separate release:

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Verizon Business will soon begin technology testing and customer trials for an advanced, high-definition video communications service developed by Cisco Systems. The new service is designed to transmit full-size images and accompanying audio that are so lifelike that meeting participants may feel as though they are all in the same room, even though they may be halfway around the world from one another.

The new Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution, announced separately today by Cisco, combines innovations in video, audio and remote communication technologies over the Internet Protocol Next-Generation (IP NGN) network, to help enhance communications and foster collaboration. This high-bandwidth virtual meeting solution will be tested over Verizon Business’ high-performance Private IP and Ethernet networking services.

“We know that when companies collaborate well, they perform better,” said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Business. “With our Private IP and Ethernet offerings supporting the convergence of voice, video and data over a single network, Verizon Business is well suited to helping customers take advantage of this next-generation virtual meeting solution.”

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)

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