Tata Communications ties up with Cisco, Philippine firm

March 31st, 2009 - 8:04 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Tata Communications Tuesday said it has tied up with Cisco and Philippine Long Distance Telecommunications (PLDT) to roll out telepresence services, the next generation video-based communication technology, in the Philippines.
As per the agreement, the companies have decided to open a public telepresence studio in the Philippines, which will be operated by PLDT.

The studio will be connected to Tata Communications’ public telepresence network in cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Gurgaon in India and Boston and London, the company said in a statement.

Cisco telepresence provides life-like, high definition, conferencing facilities with superior audio, video and environmental qualities, it said.

The studio will also be connected to Cisco’s public telepresence suite in Santa Clara in the US.

“We are very excited with this collaboration with PLDT and Tata as it makes Cisco TelePresence more accessible to the Philippines,” Cisco Philippines country manager Stephen Misa said.

PLDT will also offer private managed telepresence services for organisations that want to have their own telepresence rooms, the statement added.

Added Sunil Joshi, president (Asia Pacific region), Tata Communications: “We were the first global service provider to bring public Cisco TelePresence rooms to the market and we continue to open up more rooms in Asia Pacific, North America, Europe and also the emerging markets in 2009.”

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