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June 18, 2009 09:36 ET

TANDBERG and BT Offer Inter-Company Telepresence and Video Conferencing

TANDBERG and BT Team Up to Deliver Interoperability for Video Conferencing Communications and B2B Telepresence

NEW YORK, NY and OSLO, NORWAY--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - TANDBERG and BT have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to deliver the first global non-proprietary solution for inter-company telepresence and video conferencing.

Under the MOU, the BT One Source service, using TANDBERG's standards-based infrastructure, allows an enterprise to collaborate internally and externally across differing video and telepresence systems.

This enterprise-wide and business-to-business collaboration is made possible by BT's One Source managed services and MPLS network and the expansion of BT Global Video Exchange with TANDBERG's infrastructure. BT Global Video Exchange enables telepresence calls between different company networks. The combination of BT's managed concierge and network services with TANDBERG's portfolio of standards-based telepresence, room and personal video systems, gives customers easy to use, low cost, high performance reliability and high-definition video.

BT One Source for TANDBERG gives interoperability from the desktop to the telepresence suite for point-to-point and multipoint calls. For the first time, TANDBERG Telepresence T3 users and Polycom TPX/RPX users will be able to collaborate regardless of the platform or network. This is only possible with the TANDBERG Telepresence Server infrastructure interoperability feature.

TANDBERG is the only company to offer a telepresence solution that maintains the multi-screen, high-definition experience when calling out to a third-party telepresence system.

Enterprise-wide video collaboration is proven to cut out costs by reducing travel and increase organizational effectiveness by speeding decision making.

Aaron McCormack, CEO of BT Conferencing, said: "Telepresence is all about collaboration. BT One Source for TANDBERG makes telepresence easy to use, reliable and cost effective throughout a customer's enterprise. We are helping companies maximise their investment in telepresence technology by allowing them to collaborate both within their own business and across networks with partners, suppliers, customers and others, around the globe."

Fredrik Halvorsen, CEO of TANDBERG, said: "Our vision is to connect people visually within and between organizations -- regardless of network or vendor choice. The visually enabled B2B supply chain will revolutionize the way that companies communicate with each other, allowing them to truly streamline processes, be cost-efficient and bring products to market faster. TANDBERG was first to market with telepresence interoperability. Now this new initiative and MOU with BT further strengthens our relationship and makes the vision of seamless interoperability across different networks and devices a reality for our customers."

About TANDBERG

TANDBERG is the leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition video conferencing and mobile video products and services with dual headquarters in New York and Norway. TANDBERG designs, develops and markets systems and software for video, voice and data. The company provides sales, support and value-added services in more than 90 countries worldwide. TANDBERG is publicly traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker TAA.OL. For more information, visit www.TANDBERG.com.

TANDBERG is a trademark or registered trademark in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names here in may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About BT Conferencing

BT Conferencing was established more than 20 years ago and is now one of the leading global providers of audio, video and web collaboration services. Year on year growth has seen the company out-perform the conferencing industry expectation and with its extensive global portfolio, is now one of the largest conferencing providers in the UK and Europe with current reach in more than 70 countries. BT Conferencing is based in the USA, EMEA and Asia Pacific and specialises in the delivery of reliable, robust and innovative conferencing solutions and product hardware to some of the largest companies in the world.

The company offers tailor-made solutions to customers, whether they are small SMEs or major global businesses. With businesses now juggling to increase productivity, being more environmentally aware and at the same time looking to improve the work-life balance of its employees, conferencing and collaboration services provide a cost effective and time saving solution.

For more information visit www.bt.com/conferencing.

About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2009, BT Group's revenue was £21,390 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt

Contact Information

  • TANDBERG Press Contacts:
    Jean Rosauer
    TANDBERG
    +1 703.272.2106
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    Marcel Goldstein
    Ogilvy for TANDBERG
    +1 202.729.4188
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    BT Press Contacts:
    The BT Group Newsroom on its 24-hour number
    020 7356 5369

    From outside the UK dial
    + 44 20 7356 5369