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Is the UK Really Ready for Telepresence?

TMCnet.com
3/31/09

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There's been a lot of talk about Telepresence, the latest development in visual communications. Whilst video conferencing has been around for years, telepresence really comes into its own through its life size, fully HD, and specially-designed environment; creating an almost life-like meeting experience.

So far, however, telepresence has solely been aimed at C-level executives within multinational organisations. With a typical room costing in the region of GBP100,000-GBP200,000 and the significant impact it has on bandwidth, is telepresence really worth it? Isn't it a bit of an extravagance in this current economic downturn or is it a fundamental, cost-saving business tool? How about the market opportunity? With SMEs making up 99.9 per cent of UK businesses*, is telepresence really going to succeed in the UK? According to Kevin Stavers, Head of Sales & Marketing at telepresence services provider mvision, it is the managed services wrapper that will broaden the reach of telepresence. "Many companies considering telepresence don't have the capex, bandwidth, or resources to manage the systems. The managed service model removes all of those challenges".

By partnering with TANDBERG, who offer entry-level personal telepresence systems in addition to full telepresence suites, mvision has been able to package those systems with a dedicated telepresence network and a host of managed services all for a single fixed monthly cost. mvision also provides a usage and adoption toolkit to maximise usage of those systems.

Stavers adds, “It is a combination of no up-front outlay and a stress-free experience that now makes telepresence a realistic option for SMEs. Companies can easily justify the monthly cost”. With the UK being the most expensive city in Europe for travel, it is in pole position for adopting telepresence” mvision is the first company, outside of TANDBERG, to have the new T3 available for demonstrations. To be one of the first to see T3 at mvision's Central London showroom go to http://www.mvision.co.uk/telepresence

About mvision video networks ltd
mvision's fully managed service enables companies of all sizes to reap the benefits of visual communications. By removing the high cost of ownership and capex issues as well as removing the problems with bandwidth availability and IT resources, mvision has made video available to everyone.

It is for this reason that mvision was awarded "2008 EMEA Managed Video Service Provider of the Year" to accompany their other credentials: TANDBERG Platinum partner, world's first approved TANDBERG Centre of Excellence. End of article.

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