Telesphere rolls out hosted videoconferencing offering
Managed cloud communications provider Telesphere is looking to take advantage of a booming videoconferencing and telepresence market expected to reach $5 billion over the next four years; it's launching a hosted video service, VideoConnect, which enables businesses to implement videoconferencing quickly and cost-effectively.
"Video conferencing has become a key answer for many businesses," Telesphere CTO Sanjay Srinivasan told FierceEnterpriseCommunications. "Our product makes it simple to use, requires little to no capex and supports HD video."
Telesphere, which already offers a range of cloud-based business communication solutions including hosted voice, call center and call recording, will support VC via high-end telepresence rooms or Webcam-equipped PCs, and also is targeting mobile. The solution can be capex-free because it's compatible with many Microsoft Windows and Apple desktops and laptops, as well as videoconferencing systems from numerous vendors.
Available to select Telesphere customers immediately, VideoConnect's cloud-based service features both one-on-one video calling and call bridging, enabling up to 12 simultaneous legs in a single videoconference. This vendor-agnostic approach enables participants using a wide variety of room-based videoconferencing systems, videophones and softclients to all see, talk with and hear one another immediately instead of wasting time tinkering with settings.
One-on-one videoconferencing calls are free, while pricing for calls using the Telesphere video bridge are based on minutes and port usage.
Other highlights of the system include: Support for HD video to 1080p; four-digit dialing for intracompany video calls; an intuitive UI that automatically displays the video feeds from the six most recent speakers, with the current one in the center pane; a standards-based architecture, including SIP.
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