SOURCE: Polycom, Inc.

November 11, 2008 08:30 ET

University Deployments Confirm HD Voice Is Going Mainstream

Affordable SoundPoint IP 450 Featuring Polycom HD Voice, Combined With Increasing Network Support for Wideband Audio, Paves the Way for Widespread Adoption of HD Voice

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - VoiceCon -- Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice communications solutions, is helping its customers transform communications for the way they work by implementing Polycom® HD Voice. Well known for adopting productivity-enhancing technologies, such as 802.11n wireless networks, voice over IP (VoIP), and visual communications, higher education institutions are once again leading the charge by deploying Polycom HD Voice™ phones on their campuses.

Polycom has teamed with some of the nation's finest academic institutions to bring HD Voice to life on their campuses. The University of Utah is just one example of universities making the switch to HD Voice. Polycom HD Voice improves comprehension and productivity by providing calls that are twice as clear as standard analog calls and standard VoIP calls. This enables more natural, free-flowing conversations with vibrant, lifelike quality -- making it possible to hear all the nuances of human speech. In a related move to promote open standards and increase HD Voice adoption, Polycom announced earlier this year that it is offering its wideband audio Siren™ 7 codec (ITU-T G.722.1) royalty-free.

The University of Utah recently tested its first HD Voice telephones including the Polycom SoundPoint IP 450 telephone and the SoundStation® IP 7000 conference phone. Dave Packham, network architect at the University, commented, "Polycom HD Voice is amazing -- it's almost clearer than talking to a person face-to-face!" Packham also used the SoundStation IP 7000 to run a conference call with 100 people in a stadium-seat hall. "The voice quality was great -- when we tried this in the past with other conference phones, it didn't work at all," he added.

"We first started talking about HD Voice in 2006. At the time, IDC predicted it would be the next wave in VoIP communications. It looks like we've finally hit that inflection point and 2009 will be the year that HD Voice becomes an important part of any VoIP deployment," said Rebecca Swensen, research analyst for IDC covering Enterprise Mobility and IP Communications Services. "Successful companies delivering HD Voice have helped advance communication through improved intelligibility and a more lifelike experience -- ultimately leading to more effective phone collaboration. I expect we'll see more and more businesses turn to wideband audio as the network components to support HD Voice fall into place."

This week, Polycom increased the number of HD Voice phones in its portfolio to five with the introduction of its newest HD Voice model, the SoundPoint® IP 450 desktop phone. The SoundPoint IP 450 phone is a mid-range standards-based SIP phone featuring three lines, Polycom HD Voice and a high-resolution graphical backlit display that supports multiple languages and Asian characters. The 450 is applications-ready with Polycom's open API and XHTML microbrowser to enable productivity-enhancing applications and business processes. It is designed to bring advanced telephony features and applications to cubicle/office workers handling a moderate volume of calls.

Pricing & Availability

The Power over Ethernet (PoE) version of the Polycom SoundPoint IP 450 is available in North America, most of Central and Latin America, Europe and most of Asia-Pac today through Polycom certified channel partners for an MSRP of U.S. $309. To learn more about the SoundPoint IP 450, please visit the Polycom web site at www.polycom.com/voip.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM) is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Please visit www.polycom.com for more information.

Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed, and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

Polycom, the Polycom logo, SoundPoint, and SoundStation are registered trademarks, and Polycom HD Voice and Siren are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2008, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.

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