Bharti Airtel-Cisco To Launch VaaS For SMEs

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 30, 2015

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Bharti Airtel and Cisco entered into a partnership to launch managed Room Telepresence service as part of its business services. The small and mid-sized organizations will now be able to upgrade to high-definition Telepresence video exchange sessions from the existing standard definition video experience at Rs. 799 per day per room, the company said in a statement.

“At Airtel we are committed towards developing innovative & cost effective platforms for our customers and the Room Telepresence service is a step in this direction. This new solution has the potential to transform the segment as it empowers customers with a highly scalable integrated video solution at a simplified yet affordable cost,” said Manish Prakash, President – Airtel Business.

The quality of the video, Airtel claimed, would be of high-definition. The video collaboration service is being offered as Video-as-a-service or VAAS solution which is payable as per the usage. Enterprises have to now just opt for a monthly subscription plan to enable unlimited video-calling facility for employees within customer premises. The service will also interoperate with all other existing room based as well as device based video conferencing facilities within an enterprise, Airtel said.

“We believe that this joint offering by Airtel and Cisco is a game changer that will transform the buying behavior, more specifically in the mid segment. Adoption of technology among SMBs is directly dependent on bringing down the total cost of ownership and increasing ease of use,” said Nalinikanth Gollagunta, Managing Director & Head – Commercial Sales at Cisco India & SAARC.

With this, organizations can empower their employees anywhere in the country to get connected to unlimited telepresence video-calls. The customers who are subscribing for this plan will also get subscribed for Airtel’s BizNet Video automatically at no additional cost. BiZNet video is the B2B video offering from Airtel’s Video enabled network which enables two or more enterprise video platforms to be interconnected for a secure video call on any device, network and platform.