RCOM, Polycom unveil wireless video conf service

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 18, 2010

Reliance Communications (RCOM) has forged a partnership with Polycom to introduce world’s first wireless, high-resolution video conferencing service. The service will be marketed through Reliance ADA Group’s retail arm, Reliance Webstore.

Bundling the easy-to-use Polycom QDX 6000 video conferencing system with dedicated VPN connectivity through the Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ wireless broadband data card, the service lowers the price barrier to adopting video conferencing and is expected to be a mass enabler of video conferencing usage across multiple industry verticals in India.

Commenting on this partnership, Sarup Chowdhary, director & CEO, Reliance Webstore said, "Reliance World operates the world’s largest network of video conferencing suites. Through our alliance with Polycom, we are making video conferencing a simple plug-and-play operation that can be deployed and used virtually anytime, anywhere."

The Polycom QDX 6000 video conferencing system delivers high-resolution video and CD-quality audio, along with simple-to-use content sharing capabilities - even at a bandwidth of 256 kbps. Customers of the wireless video conferencing service will be able to connect to any industry standards-based video conferencing system, anywhere in the world. The wireless nature of the service also makes it suitable for out-of-office events. Using this service, even family events like weddings, parties and ceremonies can be webcast live by event managers on a pay-per-use basis.

Hansjoerg Wagner, VP and MD, Polycom Asia Pacific, said, "The wireless video conferencing solution jointly developed by Polycom and Reliance is truly a unique innovation on a global scale. Although mobile broadband exists in many markets, India is the first country in the world to deliver a wireless video conferencing service."

The out-of-the-box solution will be offered at a price point below Rs 2 lakhs and will be powered by Reliance’s video conferencing service including the countrywide network of video conferencing suites at Reliance World. A connectivity plan of about Rs 1500 per month has been specially designed for this service. This plan covers 10 GB of usage in a month. Additional usage will be billed at the rate of 50 paise per MB. Reliance will also offer this service on an affordable pay-per-use basis.