Vidtel, CounterPath stretch videoconferencing to Bria-enabled PCs, iPhones

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CounterPath and Vidtel are rolling out an affordable mobile videoconferencing service based on the interoperability between their two products: CounterPath's carrier-grade Bria softphone for PCs and mobile devices and Vidtel's MeetMe conferenciong service.

The partnership is the latest in a trend among vendors looking to take advantage of increasing consumer adoption of mobile devices on the market with front-facing cameras like those on Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone and iPad.

The deal, announced last week, will enable small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to leverage that trend. By combining CounterPath's Bria softphone for PCs and mobile devices and Vidtel's MeetMe cloud-based conferencing service, SMEs can use devices they already own--tablets, smartphones and PCs--to begin using video conferencing on a daily basis and throughout their organizations.

Vidtel becomes the first Internet Video Service Provider to join the CounterPath Partner Program enabling users to quickly configure their Bria clients without needing to know more than a few provider-supplied settings. Vidtel's MeetMe is a cloud-based service that enables any-to-any video conferencing among room-based systems, executive desktop video systems, PCs/Macs, smartphones and tablets using any combination of SIP, H.323 and other technologies. With Bria installed on PCs or iPhones, MeetMe can be accessed over the Internet via a wired Ethernet connection, Wi-Fi or while connected over 3G/4G/LTE or WiMax mobile networks.

For more:
- see this release
- see this eWeek report

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