Vu TelePresence, Vidtel partner on videoconferencing play

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Vu TelePresence is partnering with Vidtel to offer a multi-vendor videoconferencing service.

The deal will enable Vu, which specializes in providing services to SMBs, to connect its endpoints with other videoconferencing systems from vendors like Polycom (Nasdaq: PLCM), Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) and LifeSize, as well as to Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) GoogleTalk and Skype users.

Vu users will be able to use Vidtel's MeetMe multi-party videoconferencing service to conference with up to 12 people, on devices ranging from room systems, to video phones, PCs/Macs, tablets and smartphones.

The service is available as a monthly subscription fee or on a per-minute basis.

IDC analyst Rich Costello recently said improvements in networking, videoconferencing and telepresence technologies have finally made videoconferencing a serious player in the enterprise space.

"Only recently have enterprise networks and videoconferencing technology, epitomized by HD and telepresence systems, been capable of delivering collaboration experiences worthy of initiating a video session, versus having a conference call or hopping on a plane," he said.

Those improvements have been significant enough to serve as a catalyst for growth in the market.

"IDC expects major revenue growth in this market to continue over the next five years, bolstered by a significant impact from unified communications, collaboration applications, telepresence systems, and desktop and mobile devices supporting video," Costello said.

Vidtel CEO Scott Wharton, meanwhile, said the partnership with Vu works for both companies, giving Vu an enterprise-grade conferencing solution and allowing Vidtel to take advantage of Vu's market penetration.

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