SOURCE: Arkadin


July 01, 2012 22:00 ET

Arkadin Extends Partnership With NTT Communications Group to Provide Video Conferencing in Japan

Cloud-Based Service to Meet Strong Demand for Easy, High Quality Face-to-Face Collaboration

TOKYO--(Marketwire - Jul 1, 2012) -  Arkadin, a leading global collaboration services provider, announced a partnership with NTT Bizlink, Inc., a subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, one of the world's largest providers of telecommunications services, to provide video conferencing to Japanese businesses. NTT Bizlink combines Arkadin's cloud-based video conferencing with its products to offer solutions available at NTT Communications Group.

"Arkadin is extremely excited about partnering with NTT Communications Group, a telecommunications visionary who shares our commitment to innovation and customer service excellence," says Olivier de Puymorin, Arkadin's CEO and founder. "In a highly mobile, global workplace, personal telepresence is fast becoming a must-have productivity tool. Together with NTT Communications Group, we will lead the market with a new generation solution that delivers the same quality video experience as the far more expensive and complex legacy systems."

According to Seed Planning, Inc., the market for cloud-based video conferencing in Japan is increasing rapidly. "Video communication for businesses in Japan is expected to be 61 billion yen market. Plus, cloud computing and smart devices are expanding the video conferencing market to grow 210 billion yen in 2016 and 800 billion yen in 2020 in total," says Kenji Hara, Senior Marketing Analyst, Seed Planning, Inc.

The new generation video conferencing, which supports both personal and room systems, is delivered as a 'service' for fast scalable deployments, and minimal up-front investments. Video conferencing will be instantly available over any internet connection through simple one-click access from desktops or mobile devices. The high definition (HD) video image quality delivers life-like, face-to-face collaboration for a 'just like being there' experience. Up to nine video displays will be available for multiple participants to connect from any computer type or legacy end point.

"Research consistently points to the importance of facial expressions and body language in business communications," says Dennis Tanaka, General Manager, Japan and Korea. "Being able to easily collaborate face-to-face is a tremendous productivity advantage for businesses of all sizes, and it will be especially useful in Japan, considering its huge global economic footprint."

About Arkadin
Founded in 2001, Arkadin is the 3rd largest collaboration service provider in the world. With a vision rooted in the belief that progress emerges from people's desire to share, Arkadin offers a complete range of remote audio, web, video conferencing and Unified Communications solutions. The services are delivered in the SaaS model for fast, scalable deployments and a high ROI. Its global network of 50 operating centres in 29 countries has dedicated local-language support teams to service its 25,500 customers.