September 20, 2012
IntelePeer, Neustar, Sonus Networks, Swisscom and ZTE Corp Join Open Visual Communications Consortium
By Sujata Garud TMCnet Contributor
IntelePeer, Neustar, Sonus Networks, Swisscom and ZTE (News - Alert) Corporation have joined the Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC). The consortium’s membership has now increased to 32 companies from five continents.
OVCC is a group of service and solution providers creating the blueprint to deliver high-quality video collaboration that connects any vendor, any network and any device, anywhere. OVCC members contribute to and implement the OVCC technical and commercial blueprint, using established standards and best practices to accelerate and commercialize business-to-business video communications.
OVCC members are committed to providing video around the world to enable enterprise users to place and receive video calls beyond corporate firewalls and across standards-based and proprietary video platforms.
The first OVCC services are scheduled to launch later this year.
Service providers will develop and implement OVCC technical and commercial specifications based on industry standards, best practices and business approaches to answer the need for interconnection, addressing, signaling, interoperability and service coordination. Interoperable, high-quality connectivity across networks and devices should allow network providers to profitably and predictably monetize their inter-enterprise video exchanges.
By making interoperability requirements invisible to the enterprise, the OVCC specification enables enterprise users to leverage video conferencing investments and enable more efficient value chains – spanning customers, distributors and suppliers – to improve the speed and efficiency of doing business.
“The OVCC consortium is excited to announce five new members this month. This means we have more than tripled our membership in our first 12 months,” said Andrew McFadzen, president of OVCC. “We are represented by industry-leading companies on five continents offering services that span the globe. OVCC members have announced that the first wave of OVCC compliant services will launch in 2012. Each new member brings the organization – and our members’ customers around the world – closer to making video conference calls as easily as they make phone calls.”
Neustar is a neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, entertainment and marketing industries throughout the world. The organization applies its advanced, secure technologies in routing, addressing and authentication to its customers’ data to help them identify new revenue opportunities and network efficiencies, and institute cybersecurity and fraud protection measures.
Sonus deals in IP networking with proven expertise in delivering secure, reliable and scalable session border control and IP infrastructure solutions. With customers in over 50 countries across the globe and over a decade of experience in transforming networks to IP, Sonus has enabled service providers and Fortune 500 enterprises to deliver cloud enabled SIP Trunking, VoIP and UC solutions.
Swisscom (News - Alert) Corporate Business specializes in communications solutions and the associated IT infrastructures for corporate customers. As a specialist in voice or data, mobile or fixed network, individual products or integrated solutions, Swisscom offers tailor-made business communications solutions – from planning through realization to operation of the overall information and communications infrastructure (ICT) – all from a single source. With Managed Video Conferencing, Swisscom provides its customers with an all-round carefree package for videoconferences. The central video exchange platform offered by this cloud-based service allows videoconferences with other video endpoints across company boundaries.
ZTE Corporation is a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. ZTE has the industry’s most comprehensive product range and end-to-end solutions, covering virtually every telecommunications sector, including wireless, access & bearer, VAS, terminals and professional services. Depending on the accumulated abundant technology in the network, multimedia, services and other fields, ZTE has always been committed to the integration and innovation of videoconferencing products and has achieved brilliant results.
Recently, AVI-SPL, Cisco and TELUS (News - Alert) also joined the consortium. The three new members will be working together on OVCC multi-network, multi-vendor video communications.
Sonus Networks (News - Alert) is a Platinum sponsor of ITEXPO West 2012. To be held Oct. 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, ITEXPO (News - Alert) is the world’s premier IP communications event. Visit Sonus Networks in booth # 901. Mykola Konrad, director of Enterprise Product Management, and Raymond P. Dolan, president and chief executive officer, will be keynote speakers at the event. For more information on IEXPO West 2012 click here.
Edited by Braden Becker