The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2011-03-16T05:45:23Z Polycom and Manhattan School of Music Deploy UC Everywhere 2011-03-16T05:45:23Z polycom-and-manhattan-school-of-music-deploy-uc-everywhere SYDNEY – March 16, 2011: With budget shortfalls plaguing schools throughout the world, arts educators are finding it tougher than ever to cultivate the next generation of professional musicians, artists and creative geniuses. Now an expanded alliance between Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a global leader in unified communications, and the Manhattan School of Music (MSM), a preeminent international conservatory of music, is putting the world’s most sought-after musicians and music educators in classrooms around the globe – at prices even budget-constrained schools can afford. Building on a decade-long relationship, Polycom and MSM are expanding the Polycom visual communications network that powers MSM’s extensive distance learning program. MSM uses Polycom telepresence and the Polycom UC Intelligent Core™ to reach thousands of students a year with academic and performance offerings in classical, jazz, world music and opera. Its Global Conservatory program, which offers content to K-12 schools, higher education and community-based organisations, built around Polycom standards-based UC solutions, has been called “the gold standard in music distance learning.” As Robert Sirota, President of Manhattan School of Music describes, “We take great pride in ourongoing and deepening partnership with Polycom. As pioneers and innovators in distance learning, our two organisations arebringing world-class music instruction and performance to every corner of theworld through high-tech telepresence. The ability to interact on the most sophisticated platforms in real time has had a transformative effect at MSM, making us a truly global conservatory.” Under the expanded alliance, MSM will further scale its network and programs to reach more students throughout the United States and the world with a broader set of offerings. For instance, the school recently extended its programs to students in Australia via a new partnership with the Australian National University (ANU) School of Music. This partnership will see the two world-leading musical institutions working together on a range of initiatives, utilising leading-edge video and telepresence technology from Polycom, to facilitate one-on-one lessons, master classes, virtual staff and student exchanges, and collaborative research into best practice in music performance and education over long distances. Additionally, the agreement will see the institutions explore the opportunities for international benchmarking in examination panels and for virtual auditions for US institutions via ANU. ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young said Polycom telepresence technology had enabled the two institutions to overcome the tyranny of distance to share world-leading expertise in classical and jazz music. “This agreement brings together two institutions that are recognised leaders in their fields, and will serve as the basis for enduring and wide-ranging collaboration. Using state-of-the-art music-specific video conferencing for lessons and cross-institution collaboration, this exciting partnership offers a myriad of opportunities for staff and students of both institutions,” said Professor Young. “But it’s also exciting because it takes teaching and research into a new arena. Through collaborative research into the uses of this technology over such distances, we will be paving the way for current and future musicians, in Australia and beyond, to engage and play on a global stage,” he added. “At a time when budget cuts threaten arts education, telepresence is a seismic game changer,” said Christianne Orto, associate dean and director of recording and distance learning at MSM. “Polycom telepresence and UC Intelligent Core allow us to deliver world-class instruction to students at all levels,and at a cost that any school can afford. It puts some of the most sought-after musicians and educators face-to-face with students who otherwise might never have the opportunity to even meet them, let alone be coached or taught by them.” Music Mode™ and UltimateHD™ Video Raise the Game Orto said Polycom telepresence is uniquely suited to distance education – and music education, in particular – because of groundbreaking technology like Music Mode, an exclusive feature of Polycom HDX telepresence solutions that more faithfully reproduces live music picked up by microphones. Music Mode, which is a standard feature in Polycom telepresence solutions, was developed with MSM so remote listeners can hear the true sound of instruments and voices produced by remote participants. Utlimate HD, High-definition (HD) video, content sharing and audio enhanced with Music Mode combine to offer unprecedented levels of fidelity in a field where quality standards are uncompromising. In fact, Polycom telepresence has allowed students vying for a full-time spot at MSM in New York to audition remotely, saving them thousands of dollars by sparing them from having to travel to New York for a 10-minute audition. One student even successfully auditioned for a chair in a professional Canadian orchestra via telepresence. “The Manhattan School of Music is a shining model for world-class distance learning. Its expanded efforts are enabling budget-strapped schools to keep crucial arts education components in their curriculum, while helping teachers meet state standards and availing students to learning experiences that enlighten and inspire,” said Russ Colbert, global education market director at Polycom. “Polycom is proud to continue its longstanding collaboration with MSM. It’s a great example of what happens when we work to extend UCEverywhereSM.” About Manhattan School of Music Manhattan School of Music is a preeminent international conservatory of music, granting bachelor of music, master of music, and doctor of musical arts degrees. Established in 1918 by pianist and philanthropist Janet Daniels Schenck, the School is dedicated to the personal, artistic and intellectual development of its students, who range from the precollege through postgraduate level. 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 visit for more information or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. ### 2011 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom “Triangles” logo and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Polycom and Microsoft Lync Help Customers Cut Costs, Enhance Productivity and Improve the Bottom Line 2011-03-01T04:05:33Z polycom-and-microsoft-lync-help-customers-cut-costs-enhance-productivity-and-improve-the-bottom-line Enterprise Connect ORLANDO, Fla., PLEASANTON, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 28, 2011 – Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a global leader in unified communications (UC), and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) continue to help change the way organizations communicate. Together they are enabling leading companies to be present, virtually anytime and anywhere, while reaping substantial cost, efficiency and productivity advantages from integrated UC solutions combining Microsoft Lync and Polycom. Joint customer LA Fitness is already benefiting from the strategic alliance between Microsoft and Polycom. “Microsoft and Polycom are committed to a roadmap that delivers interoperable UC solutions to help transform enterprise communications, and they are delivering,” said Rich Costello, senior research analyst, IDC. “Since its public launch in November 2010, Lync continues to gain significant traction with end users. It’s very promising for the industry when we see customers like LA Fitness improve productivity, enhance team collaboration and save money by deploying these flexible, high-quality, multi-vendor UC solutions.” Helping Customers Lower Expenses, Enhance Productivity and Improve the Bottom Line North America sports club network LA Fitness implemented Microsoft and Polycom UC solutions as its primary voice platform, and found it provides better quality, reliability and fault-tolerance than its previous mix of traditional private branch exchange (PBX) telephony systems and an open-source voice over IP (VoIP) solution. Implementing the Microsoft and Polycom UC solutions is also saving LA Fitness over $500,000 annually and improved customer service. “The Microsoft and Polycom UC solutions allowed us to replace our existing telephone system with a more reliable, fuller featured solution, with the added benefit of truly unified communications,” said George Bedar, chief information officer for LA Fitness. “Essentially, we solved all of our telecommunication problems, with real-time instant messaging, presence, conferencing and integration with our other line of business applications. We also federated some of these applications with our partners and vendors, enabling even broader team collaboration and greater efficiencies. We look forward to extending our UC capabilities to video and other forms of enhanced collaboration.” Microsoft and Polycom Extending the Promise of UC Virtually Anytime, Anywhere Unlike others, the combination of Microsoft and Polycomsolutions deliver a complete, high-definition, interoperable and standards based end-to-end UC solution for voice, video, conferencing, and collaboration. Polycom and Microsoft continue to deliver a shared vision for UC. Microsoft collaborates with Polycom’s R&D to help enhance support for Lync features on Polycom’s entire line of Microsoft-optimized UC solutions, including Polycom telepresence solutions that require up to 50 percent less bandwidth than other systems; desktop and conference phones and UC devices featuring unrivalled HDVoice™ clarity; and a scalable and resilient supporting infrastructure, the Polycom UC Intelligent Core, that allows users to connect anytime, anywhere using different devices. The Polycom video solutions also incorporate Microsoft's real-time video (RTV) codec, enabling communications throughout enterprises as well as B2B environments and across multiple collaboration tools. With this natively integrated solution, companies can lower their total cost of ownership, streamline IT management, and improve redundancy protection. Further, Polycom will innovate by offering Lync voice and video solutions that support CCCP (Centralized Conference Control Protocol), which will allow the Polycom endpoints to be easily controlled from Lync, letting users take full advantage of the rich user interface Microsoft provides and enabling users to connect anytime, anywhere. Polycom and Microsoft will be exhibiting at Enterprise Connect Orlando, and will highlight their UC solutions. Please visit Polycom in booth no. 671 and Microsoft in booth no. 808. About Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. About Polycom Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq “PLCM”) is a global leader in unified communications solutions with industry-leadingtelepresence, video, voiceandinfrastructuresolutions built on open standards. Polycom powers smarter conversations, transforming lives and businesses worldwide. Please visitwww.polycom.comfor more information or connect with Polycom onTwitter, Facebook, andLinkedIn. ### 2010 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom “Triangles” logo and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. ShoreTel and Polycom Expand Technology Partnership to Deliver Integrated Business Communications Systems 2011-03-01T03:49:26Z shoretel-and-polycom-expand-technology-partnership-to-deliver-integrated-business-communications-systems Enterprise Connect ORLANDO, SUNNYVALE, Calif., and PLEASANTON, Calif. – Feb. 28, 2011 – ShoreTel (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), and Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), a global leader in unified communications, today announced an expansion of their technology partnership to further their shared mission of delivering advanced business communications systems based on open standards. By leveraging common distribution capabilities, ShoreTel and Polycom help enable UC Everywhere and empower businesses to protect their existing investments in standards-based technologies as well as choose best-of-breed enterprise solutions that are a better alternative to vendor lock-in and proprietary technologies. Meeting the Needs of Business of Any Size Both ShoreTel and Polycom have UC offerings that are affordable and scalable for businesses of any size. From enterprise customers to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), the Polycom and ShoreTel solutions are flexible and cost-effective. Analyst firm Gartner rated ShoreTel “Strong Positive,” the highest possible rating in its “MarketScope for Unified Communications for the SMB Market, North America.”1 Enhancing ShoreTel and Polycom UC Offerings This offering will provide customers the flexibility of an open and interoperable ShoreTel and Polycom solution that unifies and simplifies communication across voice and video and telepresence solutions including the Polycom UC Intelligent Core, as well as messaging applications. ShoreTel’s IP telephony and UC solutions will combine with Polycom’s telepresence systems to deliver customers a seamlessly integrated system with proven reliability and quality, simplicity and lower total cost of ownership, by using technologies like H.264 High Profile, which reduces bandwidth requirements for high definition video by up to 50 percent. ”ShoreTel’s long-standing commitment to standards-based technologies and open-architected systems gives our customers maximum flexibility to deploy custom solutions that suit their specific business needs,” said Mark Arman, vice president of business development at ShoreTel. “We are pleased to partner with Polycom and ensure our customers achieve truly interoperable, scalable and brilliantly simple visual communication solutions.” The expanded relationship is part of the ShoreTel Technology Partner Program (TPP), which provides market leaders the opportunity to increase their reach by connecting directly with ShoreTel’s growing community of channel reseller partners. ShoreTel is also a Polycom ARENA partner. Benefits of Best-of-Breed UC The ability for businesses to communicate in the most effective and efficient manner despite the infrastructure in place is a significant business advantage that helps customers maximize the investment in their communication systems. Polycom and ShoreTel are committed to a standards-based, open architecture that liberates organizations from managing complex legacy and proprietary systems that cost millions of dollars to maintain. “ShoreTel is an important long-term partner to Polycom, and this strategic offering is a natural evolution of our successful partnership – one that reflects the evolving and dynamic UC market,” said Ron Myers, senior vice president of Global Channels. “Both companies have a commitment to offering best-in-class, standards-based communications, allowing our customers to choose the best UC solutions to meet their needs. By extending support of Polycom telepresence and Polycom UC Intelligent Core offerings to the ShoreTel platform, ShoreTel is helping Polycom to deliver on our UC Everywhere vision.” “At ScanSource Communications, we are committed to delivering UC and telephony solutions that will help our reseller partners grow their business and remain ahead of the competition - and as a strategic partner to both Polycom and ShoreTel, we are thrilled about this combined solution,” said Buck Baker, president, ScanSource Communications. Not only does it enable resellers to deliver industry-leading solutions to their end-user customers, but it also affords them the opportunity to source their products from one location and wrap them with the value-added services our customers have come to expect.” Availability The ShoreTel and Polycom solutions will be distributed through joint value-added distributors, ScanSource and Westcon. Partners and resellers will be able to offer a broad range of UC and video solutions combining the ShoreTel and Polycom products that best fit their customers’ business needs. About the MarketScopeThe MarketScope is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The MarketScope is an evaluation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the MarketScope, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest rating. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Polycom Polycom, Inc. is a global leader in unified communications solutions with industry-leadingtelepresence, video, voiceandinfrastructuresolutions built on open standards. Polycom powers smarter conversations, transforming lives and businesses worldwide. Please visitwww.polycom.comfor more information or connect with Polycom onTwitter, Facebook, andLinkedIn. About ShoreTel ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR) is the provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions based on its award-winning IP business phone system. We offer organizations of all sizes integrated, voice, video, data, and mobile communications on an open, distributed IP architecture that helps significantly reduce the complexity and costs typically associated with other solutions. The feature-rich ShoreTel UC system offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, in part because it is easy to deploy, manage, scale and use. Increasingly, companies around the world are finding a competitive edge by replacing business-as-usual with new thinking, and choosing ShoreTel to handle their integrated business communication. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, ### 1Gartner, Inc., “MarketScope for Unified Communications for the SMB, North America,” April 9, 2010, ID Number G00174964 2011 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom “Triangles” logo and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Polycom Continues to Expand Australia and New Zealand Teams in line with Major Growth, and NBN 2011-02-28T02:22:08Z polycom-continues-to-expand-australia-and-new-zealand-teams-in-line-with-major-growth-and-nbn Sydney – 28th February, 2011: Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in unified communications, has recently hired six new staff to its Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) operations to prepare for major growth in the channel, including new demand from the small to medium business (SMB) and service provider sectors. Polycom Australia and New Zealand was a key growth market in Asia Pacific for the company in 2010, following significant investment in its operations over the last three years, which has included new offices and new hires in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Auckland. “Locally, we are seeing strong Federal and State government initiatives being rolled out in multiple sectors, including health, education and emergency services. As the National Broadband Network (NBN) takes shape, we expect to see even greater demand for telepresence video conferencing solutions,” said Michael Chetner, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand. “Along with these new hires we will continue to invest locally to continue our growth and ensure we support our customer and partner base.’’ Expanding on Polycom’s relationships with key strategic partners including HP, Microsoft, and IBM, James Ware comes to Polycom with extensive experience gained from working with HP in Europe where he was instrumental in driving the HP storage business and helping to engage with OEM and Channel partners. "In 2010, we had major successes leveraging the local partners of our Polycom Open Collaboration Network vendors - Microsoft, IBM, Juniper, Avaya, BroadSoft, HP, and Siemens, as well as local Service Providers such as Telstra. We will also expand this focus with a dedicated Service Provider team to deliver on our recently announced initiatives for cloud and mobility, and with the significant growth in the SMB sector, we expect even greater opportunities in 2011,” continued Michael Chetner. Sarah Thiess also joins Polycom as Channel Marketing Manager for ANZ. After 14 years at Microsoft where she held senior sales and marketing positions, Sarah Theiss will now lead the Polycom partner marketing strategy. This hire follows the recent launch of the new Polycom Choice Partner Programme. "We re-aligned our channel strategy and our programme efforts to acknowledge the investment that solution providers have made in Polycom, and to reflect the requirements of a Unified Communications market which Wainhouse predicts will grow 24 percent in 2011*,’’ stated Michael Chetner. Other new channel appointments include Sally Creber as Channel Account Manager based in the Melbourne office, covering partners in Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania. Sally Creber comes from Sage Business solutions where she was responsible for managing business partners across Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Pacific Islands. William Lee also joins as Sales Engineer for New Zealand. William Lee spent 24 years at Telecom New Zealand as a Solutions Design Specialist evaluating emerging products for IP Telephony. William Lee will be part of the newly established New Zealand team based in Auckland. In addition, Andrew Sainsbury will support the Federal Sales Team, based out of Polycom’s Canberra office. Sainsbury’s recent position was at Datacom as Communications Solutions Architect. Lucy Lai also joins as Senior Marketing Manager for ANZ, replacing Sharonika Pratap who has moved into a new regional role as Senior Regional Campaign Manager for Asia Pacific. Lucy Lai previously worked at IBM as Strategic Lead for Industry Solutions Marketing and prior to that, worked in the UK for almost nine years in IT companies such as Microsoft, COLT Telecom and BCS Global. With the SMB market expected to grow to nearly $629.3 billion by 2014, according to a recent IDC report** and with the significant growth expected from the unified communications market, Polycom’s focus on SMB, Service Providers, and Alliance Partners will be intensified, as demonstrated by the expansion in the Australia and New Zealand teams. *Wainhouse, ‘’Enterprise Videoconferencing Endpoints & Infrastructure Product Forecast’’, July 2010 ** IDC Report – March 23 2010 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 visit for more information or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. 2010 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom “Triangles” logo and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Polycom Appoints World-Class IT Leader Ari Bose as CIO 2011-02-23T02:49:45Z polycom-appoints-world-class-it-leader-ari-bose-as-cio ASIA PACIFIC – 22 February, 2011: Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a global leader in unified communications (UC), today announced the appointment of world-class information technology (IT) leader Ari Bose as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) with global responsibility for Polycom’s IT organisation and strategic transformation. As part of his global IT responsibility, Bose will also oversee Polycom’s internal global visual communications network, which is powered by the Polycom UC Intelligent Core™ infrastructure platform and supports nearly 100,000 video calls per month. His team will serve as a resource for customers on best practice UC network adoption and to Polycom’s product development team, providing input for future breakthrough innovations. Bose joins Polycom from UTStarcom, a global leader in IP-based networking and telecommunications solutions, where he served as senior vice president, CIO, and business transformation officer. At UTStarcom, Bose developed a global information strategy, re-engineered business processes and systems to drive the transformation of the company, and drove the integration process for several acquisitions. “Ari joins Polycom at what we believe is an inflection point for our company and our industry,” said Michael Kourey, Polycom executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Ari’s leadership, technical competence, and proven track record in business transformation and efficiency make him the ideal CIO for Polycom at this exciting stage for our company.” “Polycom is an impressive company with a tremendous opportunity to capture the momentum of the fast-growing UC market. Polycom customer-premise and cloud-based UC solutions are renowned for quality, and the company’s open, standards-based foundation gives IT leaders unrivalled flexibility, choice, and investment protection—critical to our customers as they build out their UC networks,” said Ari Bose. “I am thrilled to join Polycom, to serve as an example of how businesses can be truly transformed by UC technologies, and am energised by our overall evolution into what I believe will be one of the most important network companies worldwide.” Prior to UTStarcom, Bose was vice president and CIO at 3Com, where he transformed IT into a business-partner-oriented organisation across 3Com's business and geographic footprint. At 3Com, he led several acquisition integrations, as well as the IT integration process through a joint venture with Huawei. During his tenure, his group also was selected as the No. 1 IT organisation of the year in technology by Information Week. In addition, Bose has held senior management roles at Apple, Nortel, and Quantum. Bose has a master’s degree in software engineering from the National University in San Diego and a bachelor’s degree from Delhi University. About PolycomPolycom, Inc. is a global leader in unified communications solutions with industry-leadingtelepresence, video, voiceandinfrastructuresolutions built on open standards. Polycom powers smarter conversations, transforming lives and businesses worldwide. Please visitwww.polycom.asiafor more information or connect with Polycom onTwitter, Facebook, andLinkedIn. 2011 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom “Triangles” logo and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Ericsson and Polycom cooperate for mass market visual communication 2011-02-21T23:52:54Z ericsson-and-polycom-cooperate-for-mass-market-visual-communication At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, on February 14th, 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 (HD) 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 a first step in collaboration between the companies. The collaboration between Polycom and Ericsson – driven by dispersed workforces, globalisation, 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 standardised 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 MWC 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.” 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. 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 visit for more information or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. 2011 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom “Triangles” logo and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and related specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if available basis. Ericsson Corporate Public & Media Relations Phone: +46 10 719 69 92 E-mail: Polycom Corporate Public Relations Michael Rose Phone: +65 9838 1500 E-mail: POLYCOM SOLUTION HELPS ENTERPRISES SCALE VISUAL COMMUNICATION 2008-09-22T00:00:00Z polycom-solution-helps-enterprises-scale-visual-communication To support the increasing use of visual communication in business, Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions, today announced the Polycom Distributed Media Application™ (DMA) 7000, a unique network-based application that manages and distributes multipoint video calls within an enterprise network environment. The Polycom DMA 7000 is designed to unify enterprise visual communication infrastructure, improving the efficiency, reliability and performance of video calls; and making it easier and more cost-effective for organisations to deliver on-demand video conferencing services to employees.“There is a “perfect storm” of technological, business and economic factors driving greater adoption of video communications, which is having a profound impact on the scalability requirements of enterprise networks,” said Roopam Jain, principal analyst, conferencing and collaboration, Frost & Sullivan. “The Polycom DMA 7000 is uniquely designed to help large organisations spread ad-hoc video communication to thousands of users by improving the simplicity and reliability of the application, delivering scalability across a distributed network, and streamlining the management process to simplify deployment, administration and reduce costs.”“Customers are deploying visual communication more broadly across their organisations as a critical communication tool, and want video services available for employees to use at any time,” said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager, Video Solutions, Polycom. “The DMA 7000 solution supports desktop, group and telepresence applications and makes it easier for customers to deploy on-demand video services broadly. This solution brings proven IP telephony practices to visual communication and leverages our experience in high-availability conferencing solutions for service provider networks to give enterprise customers carrier-class scalability, reliability and efficiency for delivering video services.”Deployed on application servers, the DMA 7000 application manages and distributes video calls in a highly reliable and scalable method across multiple Polycom RMX 2000™ media servers, which are video conferencing “bridges” that allow multiple sites to join the same meeting, connect users on different networks and optimise the call experience between video endpoints with different capabilities. This distributed network design allows enterprises to connect and utilise main and branch office infrastructure systems together as part of a single, seamless solution.This distributed model delivers significant advantages over the alternative model for high-scale video applications, which is a single video appliance with high port capacity. The increased scale, reliability and resource efficiency gains will help drive video adoption by increasing availability to end users, while also alleviating administrative concerns currently preventing large growth.Advantages of the Polycom DMA 7000 include:Cost-Effective Scalability – The Polycom DMA 7000 solution allows organisations to scale their video services as needed by easily adding additional media server resources without impacting current services or requiring significant administrative work. Resources can be increased by adding additional RMX media servers, or by adding greater capacity modules to existing RMX media servers, increasing the virtual pool of ports available across an organisation.Improved Reliability and Fault Tolerance – The DMA 7000 features intelligent routing capabilities that improve reliability by automatically routing calls in real time around network outages or oversubscribed or unavailable media servers. The distributed network design also provides redundancy with modular components and no single point of failure. The solution supports hot standby application server redundancy, database redundancy and synchronisation, media server redundancy and geographical redundancy.Simplified Video Network Administration – The DMA 7000 streamlines many administrative tasks like provisioning, reporting and system maintenance and upgrades. Typically, an administrator would provision users for a specific media server and in the event of an outage or if use exceeded capacity, would need to re-provision users to another server. The Polycom solution eliminates that issue by supporting Active Directory integration, utilising a common database and balancing call loads across all media server resources. Reporting is also streamlined through centralised collection of call details, logs, port utilisation, etc. The DMA 7000 supports zero downtime upgrades, which can also lower costs by allowing administrators to conduct system maintenance, update software or upgrade equipment during normal business hours without impacting video services.The Polycom DMA 7000 is the latest development advancing the Polycom VC2 vision of video as a pervasive component of unified communication in the enterprise – enabling people to call anyone, anywhere, anytime from any device.Additional Information:Whitepaper – Scalable Infrastructure for Distributed VideoPricing and AvailabilityPolycom DMA 7000 is planned for general availability in January 2009 with a recommended starting list price of US$69,000. Polycom solutions are available through certified Polycom channel partners. POLYCOM DEMONSTRATES CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO DELIVERING HIGH-QUALITY, INTEROPERABLE VOICE OVER IP SOLUTIONS 2008-09-22T00:00:00Z polycom-demonstrates-continued-commitment-to-delivering-high-quality-interoperable-voice-over-ip-solutions Demonstrating its continued leadership and commitment to open standards, Polycom, Inc. [Nasdaq: PLCM], the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions, today announced expanded voice over IP (VoIP) interoperability for its SpectraLink 8000 Series wireless telephones using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). Polycom is the leading independent provider of open, standards-based IP phones, and is building upon SpectraLink’s traditional integration with leading VoIP proprietary protocols by extending interoperability to open VoIP standards.Verified interoperability between the SpectraLink 8000 Series handsets and SIP-based call servers allows customers to deploy best-of-breed Wi-Fi telephony solutions with confidence and without compromising functionality. Polycom’s SpectraLink 8000 Series telephone portfolio have been tested for interoperability with a wide variety of enterprise call servers including IP telephone systems from 3Com, Digium, Mitel, and Toshiba. SIP interoperability testing is an ongoing program to support new call server platforms and feature releases as they become available.“SIP interoperability testing and verification is critical to meet the market’s growing demand for open standards-based IP telephony solutions,” commented Abner Germanow, director of IDC's Enterprise Communications Infrastructure research. “Standards-based clients enable customers to deploy a mix of wired and wireless endpoints to fit a variety of user demands without having to compromise for any particular user profile.”SIP interoperability for Polycom’s SpectraLink 8000 Wi-Fi handsets allows the wireless telephones to operate as extensions of the VoIP call server, and includes the most commonly used business telephone features including dial by extension, conferencing, call transfer, call forwarding, and caller ID. These features are necessary for mobile employees in the workplace where real-time telephone communication is mission-critical in applications such as healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and retail stores.“We continue to lead the market by being proactive and engaged with both our customers and partners” said Peter White, APAC head of voice sales at Polycom. “As Wi-Fi and VoIP standards evolve, it makes sense for Polycom to offer open, standards-based solutions across our product portfolio. This move to broaden interoperability on our Wi-Fi phones enables our customers to deploy mixed-vendor, best-in-class solutions.” POLYCOM AND AARNET CONNECT STUDENTS WITH SCIENTISTS AS PART OF NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK 2008-09-08T00:00:00Z polycom-and-aarnet-connect-students-with-scientists-as-part-of-national-science-week As a part of National Science Week Polycom Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions in collaboration with Australia’s Academic & Research Network (AARNet) enabled a series of classroom sessions for high school students around Australia to interact with scientists in several research organisations in real-time, through video conferencing technologies.For over ten years, National Science Week has been celebrating the contribution of Australian scientists to the world, inspiring people to become fascinated by the world in which we live. This year, National Science Week was held across cities in Australia from August 16-24. The theme for 2008 National Science Week was ‘Planet Earth – Planet of Change’.During National Science Week a number of videoconferences took place including Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy School NSW, and All Saints’ College in WA; which connected with scientists and researchers in the Australian Institute of Marine Science, University of Tasmania and Curtin University of Technology using loaned Polycom video units, and one of the schools participating through Polycom’s ANZ corporate headquarters in North Sydney. Polycom supported these schools and research agencies in linking through the AARNET Network.The high-school students were given additional first-hand insight and real-world experience into a topic being studied in class. Through the provision of Polycom’s videoconferencing equipment, students could share their ideas and discuss their views with the researchers across Australia, without the need to travel between states. They also had the opportunity to interact with scientists in a way that they may not have been able to do without video conferencing. Each session lasted for approximately 40 minutes, with plenty of opportunity for active discussion, sharing content and learning.“The purpose of these sessions is to increase the opportunities for school students as means of engaging with researchers and teachers worldwide and to provide the business case for high-speed IP access to schools,” said Mr. Chris Hancock, Chief Executive Officer of AARNET. “Reciprocally, the use of video conferencing makes it easier for researchers to participate in such sessions as theburden of travel and time commitment is greatly reduced. We’re delighted and thankful to Polycom for their goodwill support in making this event a great success.”“Videoconferencing is increasingly being adopted in schools and universities in Australia as a means of enabling students and teachers to tap into specialist teaching resources and content providers like Australian Institute of Marine Science, Curtin University of Technology and the University of Tasmania in Australia, and many others overseas,” said Mr. Michael Chetner, Country Manager Australia and New Zealand, Polycom. “As a result, teachers are able to enhance the quality and depth of their teaching programmes with specialist support, and students are able to expand and broaden their knowledge base through access to a vast network of resources worldwide – which helps prepare them for the global economy.”He added” “Polycom runs a number of education programs that enable teachers to find appropriate content providers around the world, and introduce them to a network of teachers. We recently ran an event for educators at our office where they were able to experience a live interaction with the Cleveland Institute of Music in the US, and take a lesson from Japan in the intricacies of origami using high definition telepresence technologies.”Polycom Global Education ProgramsPolycom Content Searchable database: free searchable content database offers educators worldwide access to more than 1,500 content providers, making available both ISDN- and IP-based video conferencing programs for the classroom.Polycom Collaboration around the Planet: program is a large scale global directory and professional network of educators for video conferencing project collaboration. This directory will connect educators to increase videoconferencing utilisation, expand and enhance curriculum, provide access to global collaborations, and increase educational equity. POLYCOM SIMPLIFIES ENTERPRISE-WIDE VISUAL COMMUNICATION WITH NEW NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND DESKTOP VIDEO SOLUTION 2008-08-28T00:00:00Z polycom-simplifies-enterprise-wide-visual-communication-with-new-network-management-and-desktop-video-solution Addressing growing demand for enterprise video and telepresence solutions and adding to the industry’s broadest visual communication portfolio, Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions, today announced the Polycom Converged Management Application™ (CMA™) designed to dramatically simplify the deployment and management of enterprise video networks and the use of desktop, group and telepresence solutions for users. A key component of the solution is CMA Desktop™, a tightly integrated enterprise desktop video application capable of supporting high definition (HD) video, voice and content whilst scaling to thousands of users across an organisation. Polycom CMA and CMA Desktop further the Polycom VC2 vision of video as a pervasive component of unified communication in the enterprise – enabling people to call anyone, anywhere, anytime from any device. The new solutions provide the foundation for future, enhanced integration with Polycom strategic unified communications partners, including Avaya, IBM, Microsoft and Nortel. “Our customers are using video and telepresence more frequently and broadly to promote faster decision-making and improved knowledge transfer; streamline operations and improved organisational productivity; and to reduce costs and carbon emissions associated with travel,” said Michael Chetner, Australia and New Zealand Country Manager, Polycom. “Part of Polycom’s comprehensive solution for enterprise visual communication, the Polycom CMA and CMA Desktop will help our customers to confidently and cost-effectively extend the productivity-enhancing benefits of video and telepresence throughout their organisations, whilst providing additional benefits and return on investment from previous installed Polycom products.” Comprehensive Video Network Management Polycom CMA is a comprehensive video network management solution that vastly improves a customer’s ability to simply and securely deploy, provide and manage extensive visual communication devices across their organisation. Polycom CMA gives IT leaders control of all desktop, group and telepresence visual communication systems, as well as video call activity across their distributed enterprise network. CMA helps to streamline workflows through centralised management of conferences, devices and systems and provides gatekeeping, scheduling and directory management. IT administrators can automate software updates and establish policy-based provisioning of endpoint and infrastructure capabilities, as well as manage bandwidth based on network topology, business requirements and operational needs. CMA supports hardware and software endpoints (desktop, group, telepresence) and infrastructure systems (bridges, recording and streaming servers, etc.) and is designed to seamlessly integrate with IT best practices, policies and existing directories. For example, CMA supports Active Directory and LDAP/H.350 directory services, offers integrated scheduling through Microsoft Outlook, IBM Lotus Notes or a web interface, and supports standards-based provisioning through XML and standards-based presence through XMPP. Secure conferencing is ensured through AES media encryption and TLS certificates for secure signalling. To help simplify the use of video and telepresence solutions, Polycom CMA allows Polycom video devices to share presence information as a part of user contact lists (desktop, group and telepresence), either on their endpoint or within the CMA Desktop application. Users simply click on the name to launch a call. All call specifications are provisioned based on profiles previously defined by the IT administrator. Scalable Desktop Video Collaboration Polycom CMA Desktop is a highly scalable, PC-based desktop video software application that allows users to create contact lists from a corporate directory and then easily launch video calls by clicking on contacts. The application allows users to see presence details (i.e. online, offline, available, busy, etc.) for software and hardware video devices and then easily connect to other users, or other standards-based video conferencing systems, including personal, room and immersive telepresence solutions. It supports standards-based, high-quality visual communications previously unavailable in a desktop video application, including support for HD video, HD voice and multimedia content (H.239 content sharing) including presentations, videos and images in full, native resolution. As Polycom CMA Desktop is a tightly integrated component of the Polycom CMA management application, it gives administrators unprecedented control over desktop video on their network. Previously, desktop video applications were often deployed as individual software clients that operated with limited management control over activity or bandwidth usage. With Polycom CMA Desktop, IT administrators can use standard Microsoft Installer (MSI) file to deploy the client across their campus or can send out as a simple download. This allows IT administrators to apply policy-based provisioning for desktop video as part of a common, centralised management application just as they do for other video solutions. “The ability to centrally monitor and manage systems installed throughout the world is a key part of a successful, high performance videoconferencing environment,” said Ira Weinstein, partner and analyst at Wainhouse Research. “Polycom’s CMA and CMA Desktop offerings provide the basic set of tools that IT managers need to scale their desktop, group, and telepresence-capable videoconferencing deployments cost-effectively and efficiently.” Additional Information: Whitepaper – Scalable Infrastructure for Distributed Video Pricing and Availability Polycom CMA, which includes seat licences that can be used for endpoints, infrastructure and CMA Desktop, is planned for availability in October with a starting MSRP of US$20,000. Polycom solutions are available through certified Polycom channel partners. Polycom products are available in Australia through Westcon Group (1800 646 112) and Unitel (1300 664 892). POLYCOM DELIVERS HD VIDEO CONFERENCING MEDIA SERVER FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES AND DISTRIBUTED VIDEO NETWORKS 2008-08-28T00:00:00Z polycom-delivers-hd-video-conferencing-media-server-for-small-and-medium-enterprises-and-distributed-video-networks performance multipoint video conferencing capabilities in house. The plug-and-play platform is easy to deploy and contains on-board capabilities for centralised scheduling and management. For larger organisations, the RMX 1000 allows IT leaders to cost-effectively extend visual communication resources to the network edge in a distributed network environment. Complementing the existing Polycom RMX 2000, which would typically be deployed in the central office, the RMX 1000 would be deployed at smaller, regional offices. This distributed network design provides redundancy for continuity of operations, greater scalability and efficiency as well as minimises latency for video calls initiated from regional offices. The entire distributed network environment (endpoints, infrastructure and conferences) can be managed centrally through Polycom’s new Converged Management Application™ (CMA™) or ReadiManager™ SE 200. (See additional press release issued today titled: “Polycom Simplifies Enterprise-Wide Visual Communication with New Network Management and Desktop Video Solution”) Additional Information: Whitepaper – Scalable Infrastructure for Distributed Video Pricing and Availability The Polycom RMX 1000 is now available worldwide with a starting MSRP of US$27,000. Polycom solutions are available through certified Polycom channel partners. Polycom products are available in Australia through Westcon Group (1800 646 112) and Unitel (1300 664 892). Polycom Expands Industry’s Broadest Telepresence Portfolio 2008-08-03T14:00:00Z polycom-expands-industry-s-broadest-telepresence-portfolio Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communications solutions, has expanded the industry’s broadest telepresence portfolio with three new immersive Polycom Telepresence Experience™ (TPX™) solutions that provide an interactive visual communication and content collaboration experience enabling people to work together more effectively, productively and naturally across distances. Polycom is the leading provider of telepresence solutions with more than 13,000 systems shipped to more than 1,000 customers worldwide, and more than 600 patents related to voice, video and telepresence technologies. “Telepresence is radically changing the face of business by removing distance as a barrier. Polycom is uniquely positioned to lead this change thanks to our unrivaled portfolio and proven technology,” said Michael Chetner, Country Manager Australia and New Zealand, Polycom. “Our solutions are delivering bottom-line benefits today by helping customers reduce costs, shorten sales cycles, improve customer retention, and lower carbon emissions by providing an effective travel alternative.” Gartner, Inc., a leading analyst firm, also recently gave Polycom a “Positive” rating in Gartner’s “MarketScope for Video Telepresence Solutions, 2008”, dated 21 April, 2008. According to the study, a “Positive” rating signals that Gartner considers that vendor a viable choice for strategic investments, whilst planning for known limitations, for potential customers. The study further states that by 2010, Gartner expects telepresence to generate US$600 million in annual equipment revenue worldwide and with services included; total telepresence market revenue could reach US$1.5 billion annually by 2010. Polycom telepresence solutions can support virtually any environment with fully interoperable, standards-based solutions from personal telepresence for the desktop; room telepresence for conference rooms; specialised solutions for vertical applications; custom integrated-rooms; and immersive telepresence solutions that make people feel like they are in the same room as people in other locations. The Polycom TPX series offers comprehensive solutions designed to make people feel like they are sitting across the table from co-workers, partners and customers residing in other locations. The same-room experience is made possible through high definition video displayed in life-like proportions, crystal-clear high definition directional audio that allows participants to hear where remote participants are located within the room when they speak, and leading high definition content-sharing capabilities that allow participants to share virtually any type of content simultaneously in a call. The new Polycom TPX 306M with content on the table is a three-screen solution for medium and large environments accommodating up to six people on camera in each location. It features personal, pop-up content displays embedded within the table, making content collaboration natural and effective during meetings. The Polycom TPX 204M is a new two-screen solution for small and medium conference environments accommodating up to four people in each location, and the TPX 102M is a single-screen solution for small meeting environment and offices accommodating up to two people at each location. In addition to TPX, the Polycom telepresence portfolio includes the Polycom RealPresence™ Experience (RPX™) series, the industry’s only complete room-within-a-room telepresence environments optimised to deliver the most effective and fully immersive telepresence experience available today. The Polycom RPX line supports up to 28 people on camera in each location, allowing for corporate meetings as well as higher capacity applications, such as interactive training centres, cross-continental classrooms, telemedicine studios and more. The Polycom RPX and TPX immersive telepresence solutions offer controlled, symmetrically designed environments that deliver a consistent, life-like experience. Polycom also offers a complete line of flexible room telepresence solutions under its HDX telepresence line, which includes options for small, medium and large groups, as well as integrated room environments, and the HDX 4000™ personal telepresence systems for executive desktops and offices. All Polycom telepresence solutions are based on industry-leading, standards-based technology and interoperate at the highest possible quality levels with the large installed base of more than 1.5 million standards-based video conferencing systems in use today (including HD systems). Polycom’s entire telepresence line features the industry’s top-rated high definition visual communication technology at its core. In October 2007, Wainhouse Research conducted a head-to-head evaluation of standards-based HD video solutions from three leading manufacturers and ranked Polycom’s HDX high definition video technology as its “number one choice.” Wainhouse gave Polycom top marks in eight out of 10 categories, including video quality, audio quality, and multimedia performance, as well as HD and SD (standard definition) interoperability, camera quality and performance, user interface and content-sharing performance (H.239). The Polycom RPX and TPX immersive telepresence solutions include a highly integrated, 24x7 service option available through Polycom or certified partners that handles all call scheduling and set-up requirements and delivers high reliability and consistency thereby helping customers get the most out of their telepresence investments. In addition to telepresence managed services, Polycom also offers implementation and maintenance services through certified channel partners. Polycom telepresence solutions are a key component of Polycom VC2, a comprehensive vision for next-generation visual communication that migrates customers from traditional, stand-alone video conferencing deployments to highly integrated, HD-quality and simple-to-use visual communication solutions and applications that can be seamlessly deployed and managed as part of an organisation’s unified communications network. Polycom VC2 addresses the need for visual communication solutions that provide the highest quality video, audio and content experiences; that are simple and intuitive to use and easily integrated within existing applications and communication tools; that are highly scalable for applications ranging from real-time one-to-one interactions to on-demand communications with thousands; that allow people to connect regardless of their device or network type; and that can be deployed and managed easily and effectively within an organisation’s converged IP network and communications environment. “The global business environment will dramatically evolve over the next five to 10 years. Polycom believes visual communication will be one of the most important and a tool which can create an impact for business success during this time,” said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of visual communications solutions at Polycom. “Visual communication capabilities like telepresence, real-time multimedia content sharing, on-demand video content, mobile video and video-enabled unified communications have the potential to change what is possible in business and radically alter how, where and when we work, and the way we communicate and collaborate with co-workers, partners and customers. Polycom is uniquely positioned to deliver these solutions under the Polycom VC2 vision.” Enhanced Infrastructure for Migrating Customers to Next-Gen Networks & Applications Polycom has also announced enhancements to its RMX 2000™ real-time media conferencing platform, a flexible, scalable and future-proof multi-network conference platform optimised for HD visual communication. The RMX 2000 Version 3 will support ISDN and legacy video endpoints (H.261) enabling customers to cost-effectively migrate from legacy networks and video conferencing endpoints to the next generation of IP-based visual communication solutions. The RMX 2000 provides an UltimateHD™ experience (HD video, HD voice and simultaneous HD multimedia content) for participants using HD and telepresence solutions, and full transcoding capabilities allow users on different types of networks (ISDN, IP, PSTN) with different types of video and audio endpoints (telepresence, HD video systems, traditional and legacy video conferencing systems, and PSTN, mobile and IP phones) to join meetings and experience the highest quality levels possible. Breakthrough Video QoS Technology for IP Networks Extended Across Portfolio Polycom has also extended its breakthrough Lost Packet Recovery™ (LPR™) technology across its product portfolio, with the addition of LPR support on the RMX 2000. Polycom LPR QoS technology dramatically improves the user experience and video, audio, and content quality of video calls on IP networks experiencing network congestion and packet loss. Polycom LPR is now available on Polycom RPX, TPX and HDX telepresence solutions, Polycom VSX video endpoints and the RMX 2000 real-time media conferencing platform. Links to additional related information: Polycom VC2 Website Polycom VC2 Videos – It’s All in Sight Podcast - Polycom VC2 – The Future of Visual Communications Pricing and Availability The Polycom TPX 306M with content on the table, TPX 204M and TPX 102M are now available for order through certified Polycom channel partners in select countries in Asia. RMX 2000 Version 3.0 supporting LPR and enabling ISDN support (E1/T1 network card required) is now available and can be obtained at no additional cost by RMX 2000 customers on a maintenance agreement. Polycom TPX products and other Polycom products are available in Australia through Westcon Group (1800 646 112) and Unitel (1300 664 892). MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Polycom RPX and TPX demonstrations are available at Polycom’s Sydney Office. Please contact Melissa Tait to arrange an appointment. UK ENVIRONMENT MINISTER ATTENDS CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT IN SYDNEY AT 8.30am – AND IS BACK TO WORK BY LUNCHTIME 2008-07-23T14:00:00Z uk-environment-minister-attends-climate-change-summit-in-sydney-at-8-30am-and-is-back-to-work-by-lunchtime Telstra and Polycom Partner To Deliver High Definition IP Telephony 2008-04-27T18:00:00Z telstra-and-polycom-partner-to-deliver-high-definition-ip-telephony Reinforcing its position as the worldwide market leader in High Definition (HD) voice, video and content sharing solutions, Polycom, Inc. [NASDAQ: PLCM], has been chosen as the preferred handset provider for Telstra’s IP Telephony (TIPT) service. Co-branded with Polycom and Telstra’s logos, the next-generation TIPT handsets extend HD-quality voice calls to Australian organisations of all sizes, enabling them to leverage their investments in IP networks to experience the unrivalled clarity and productivity benefits of true High Definition, wideband telephone conversations. Making HD-quality audio calls affordable for small, medium and large businesses, the agreement demonstrates Polycom and Telstra’s common commitment to working with industry leaders to deliver Unified Communications solutions that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of customers. Under the agreement, Telstra will resell and distribute Polycom SoundPoint IP handsets to customers as part of the TIPT package. All of the SoundPoint IP handsets are uniquely designed to clarify the sound of the human voice – even in multi-party conference calls – and feature in-built screens with an intuitive user interface and clearly labelled buttons for heightened ease-of-use and productivity. Additionally, the SoundPoint IP 550 and 650 handsets include Polycom HD Voice with patented Acoustic Clarity Technology 2 capabilities – incorporating the latest full duplex, echo cancellation, and noise reduction technologies – to deliver twice the clarity of ordinary phone calls. "A key priority for Telstra is to offer technologies and services that are innovative, but also intuitive and easy for our customers to use," Philip Jones, Executive Director - Data IP & Enterprise Services, Telstra. "Polycom’s leadership in HD voice technology and expertise in feature integration made them the ideal preferred handset partner for the TIPT service." Michael Chetner, Australia and New Zealand Country Manager, Polycom added, "These co-branded handsets are the result of two years of close contact and collaboration between Polycom and Telstra’s technical, sales and product management teams. "We’re delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Telstra to extend the business benefits of HD-enabled IP telephony to customers across Australia." To learn more about Polycom’s HD voice products and IP telephony handsets, please visit: - ENDS - For more information, please contact: Melissa Tait, Porter Novelli 02 8424 8529, Angela Graham, Porter Novelli 03 9289 9507, About Polycom Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximise the efficiency and productivity of people and organisations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communication experience. Polycom's high-quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With its market driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organisations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. The NASDAQ-listed company is based in Pleasanton, California, USA, and has Asia-Pacific offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. For additional information, visit the Polycom site at Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered 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. POLYCOM STEPS UP ITS PRESENCE IN ANZ TO RESPOND TO INCREASING DEMAND FOR TELEPRESENCE, VERTICAL MARKET APPLICATIONS 2008-04-20T18:00:00Z polycom-steps-up-its-presence-in-anz-to-respond-to-increasing-demand-for-telepresence-vertical-market-applications Polycom Inc, the world’s leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, has relocated its ANZ headquarters to larger premises in North Sydney to accommodate rapid headcount growth and the establishment of a Customer Experience Centre showcasing Polycom’s comprehensive suite of unified collaboration solutions – including the industry’s only end-to-end range of telepresence offerings, spanning from the desktop to fully immersive telepresence suites. Polycom ANZ has also appointed four industry specialists to newly created positions, broadening its sales expertise and technical support in the health, education and enterprise markets. Following the announcement just last month of three appointments to focus on channel and global strategic partners, the office relocation and team expansion signal the continued strengthening of Polycom’s commitment to the ANZ market. The new Polycom ANZ headquarters is also home to key Asia Pacific channel, strategic partner and services personnel, making it an important hub for Polycom’s Asia Pacific operations. Indeed, today’s announcements reflect the company’s tremendous expansion across the APAC region – which recorded 48 per cent year-on-year headcount growth in the 12 months to January 2008. Polycom’s innovative Customer Experience Centre will enable customers to experience Polycom’s market-driving voice and video communications solutions, which have been shown to increase enterprise productivity by an average of 30 per cent and increase collaboration by an average of 35 per cent (IDC, 2007). As well as Polycom’s telepresence solution offerings, the centre also demonstrates how Polycom’s open standards voice and video solutions integrate with alliance partner technologies; for example Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Cisco Systems, IBM, Microsoft, and Nortel, to deliver best-in-class Unified Communications solutions, Polycom’s valued channel partners will also have the opportunity to utilise the Customer Experience Centre for demonstration purposes. "Polycom’s whole office is in effect a showcase, bringing to life for our customers just how truly 'life-like' our telepresence and high definition visual communications solutions are – and how easy and effective it now is to meet face-to-face, without the need for travel," said Michael Chetner, Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand at Polycom. "In the new ANZ headquarters, all of our employees are equipped with Polycom’s IP-based desktop voice and video communications solutions that are integrated with presence-based applications, empowering them to collaborate with customers, partners and colleagues around the world from the convenience of their workstations." "By simply walking past any of our employees as they undertake their day-to-day responsibilities, our customers are able to plainly see the productivity, efficiency and collaboration benefits of Polycom’s solutions for themselves." In addition to the new facilities, Polycom has made four key appointments to further strengthen its capabilities in customer relationships and support – two in Sydney and two in Melbourne. This brings to a total of seven the number of staff members that have joined the Polycom ANZ team since the start of 2008. James Brennan, Manager of Technical Sales, ANZ James joins the Sydney team in a newly created role, providing technical sales support for the ANZ business. He will lead and supervise the ANZ sales engineering team, bringing global customer experience and current and emerging product knowledge to this crucial position. James is relocating from the USA, where he has worked for Polycom for seven years in various product management roles. Most recently, he was Director of Product Management for Polycom’s Video Solutions Group. James came to Polycom through the acquisition of Voyant Technologies, and previously held roles at General Motors and Delphi Automotive. Lynnette Whitfield, Vertical Business Manager ANZ – Government, Education and Health In this trans-Tasman role based in Sydney, Lynnette will drive specific strategic initiatives in developing government, health and education markets. Lynnette comes to Polycom from Tandberg where she was Key Account Manager, Health and Education, covering the NSW region. She was at Tandberg for five years. Lynnette has also worked at two of Polycom’s resellers, Vantage and Integrated Vision. Chris Bourandanis, Southern Region Sales Manager Chris will lead the Melbourne-based southern region sales team and grow Polycom’s business in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. Chris joins Polycom from AAPT, where he managed the business development team responsible for enterprise and corporate business. Previously, he held a similar role at Optus. Ellie Harris, Major Account Manager – Enterprise To facilitate a direct relationship with major national and global accounts, Ellie Harris has joined the team as Major Account Manager for Enterprise. She joins Polycom from Macquarie Telecom, where she was an alliance manager working with Macquarie’s consultants and systems integrators to generate new enterprise business. Previous to this role, Ellie worked in channel and account management for UK-based organisations, EasyNet (BSky B) and Tiscali. Ellie brings valuable channel development experience and a strong data communications background to the role.