SOURCE: Ericsson

February 15, 2011 02:04 ET

Ericsson and Polycom cooperate for mass market visual communication

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) -


* Solution targeting telecom operators to capture businesses and consumers' increased demand for visual communication

* Hosted telepresence service in high-definition based on open IMS standards to secure interoperability and the affordability needed to reach mass market

* Ericsson and Polycom previewing technologies at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM) announced collaboration around an integrated end-to-end solution for hosted telepresence services that will enable telecom operators to deliver affordable, high-definition visual communications services to businesses and consumers.

During the event, Ericsson and Polycom are previewing integration between the Ericsson IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) network and Polycom infrastructure and telepresence endpoints, in the first collaborative step between the companies.

The collaboration between Polycom and Ericsson - driven by dispersed work forces, globalization, travel restrictions, and green workplaces - responds to the rising adoption rates and increasing customer demand across enterprises of all size, and will extend visual communications as a truly global mass market service. The new solutions are based on the standardized IMS technology, the same underlying technology used by telecom operators today.

"Availability of visual communications as an affordable, reliable and high- quality service through telecom operators will help usher in global, mainstream adoption," says Joe Burton, chief technology and strategy officer, Polycom. "Furthering our UC Everywhere and cloud strategies, Polycom is excited to collaborate with Ericsson around standards-based solutions with the open interoperability needed to easily connect people across devices and networks."

"Ericsson believes in visual communications," says Magnus Furustam, Vice President and Head of Core and IMS at Ericsson. "The preview at the Mobile World Congress is a first significant proof point of Ericsson and Polycom cooperation to create an interoperable end-to-end solution for mass market deployment, enabling telecom operators to offer network-based video services to business users and consumers."

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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the "prime driver in an all- communicating world" through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 90,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 203.3 billion (USD 28.2 billion) in 2010. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

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ABOUT POLYCOM

Polycom, Inc. is a global leader in unified communications solutions with industry-leading telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure solutions built on open standards. Polycom powers smarter conversations, transforming lives and businesses worldwide. Please visitwww.polycom.com for more information or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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