SOURCE: TANDBERG

May 13, 2008 09:04 ET

TANDBERG Telepresence Unifies Large Telco After Three-Way Merger

One Communications Changes the Face of Human Resources

NEW YORK, NY and OSLO, NORWAY--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - TANDBERG® (OSLO: TAA), a leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition video conferencing and mobile video solutions, today announced that One Communications has implemented TANDBERG's telepresence systems to unify the company following a three-way merger.

As a result of a 2006 merger of three companies, One Communications became the largest privately held competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in the U.S. With dual headquarters in Waltham, Mass., and Rochester, N.Y., and company officers split between several locations throughout the country, TANDBERG telepresence systems have increased the consistency, cost-effectiveness and quality of office collaboration.

"The TANDBERG system not only saves time and money related to travel, but it shortens the duration of meetings," said Howard Janzen, One Communications' CEO, who uses a TANDBERG system in his home office in Kansas City. "We selected TANDBERG after careful consideration of all the available technologies, and their systems made perfect sense based on our present and future needs. We can grow into the system and even offer our customers services that support TANDBERG's products."

Changing the face of HR

With plans to innovate human resources management, One Communications also uses telepresence for remote personnel recruitment. "We have already used the system to recruit a number of candidates including an executive and several specialty engineers," said Kristen Vacchetto, Corporate Staffing Manager for One Communications. "Using telepresence for the initial screening of candidates located outside of the local area is more economical than travel and a much more effective alternative to a phone interview since executives can assess candidates' facial expressions."

TANDBERG Experia telepresence units with true-to-life participants on three, large HD plasma screens enable executives to clearly read body language during interviews and evaluate a candidate's character. When executives ask tough questions, they are able to assess the candidate's reaction.

One Communications plans to use the telepresence systems for other human resources functions as well, including performance reviews, trainings and staff meetings. When used for internal communications, executives can determine if information is well-received by employees. Video presentations contribute to boosting overall presentation skills among the company's employees.

One Communications currently utilizes six TANDBERG telepresence systems, connecting Waltham, Rochester and Green Bay, Wis., and many desktop high-definition video units in the offices of its executives. A complete return on investment is anticipated for all purchased equipment within one year, according to Russ Oliver, One Communications' Executive Vice President of Strategy.

"TANDBERG's enterprise-wide telepresence creates an authentic in-person meeting experience and provides an ideal platform for communication and interaction," said Fredrik Halvorsen, TANDBERG CEO. "The quality of TANDBERG telepresence makes meeting participants feel as though they're having a conversation with colleagues right across the table -- while actually being miles apart."

About One Communications

One Communications, with corporate offices in Rochester, NY and Waltham, MA, is the largest privately-held competitive local exchange carrier (CELC) in the U.S. and a powerful telecommunications resource for business. Their customer-focused approach offers an attractive alternative to the big phone companies, with a superior level of service, support and personal attention they just don't deliver. One Communications serves more than 160,000 businesses, in 16 states throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Upper Midwest regions. With more than 2,400 employees and $800 million in annual revenue One Communications is uniquely positioned to handle all of your telecommunications needs. Expect more from One®.

About TANDBERG

TANDBERG is a 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. Please visit www.tandberg.com for more information.

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