Telefonica International Wholesale and Orange Business have teamed up for telepresence. The agreement will enable each to offer telepresence sessions between their respective clients. Both companies are part of Polycom's Open Visual Communications Consortium, and the goal is an open environment for telepresence interoperability that will help the emerging segment make that final push past the 'Gee Whiz!' barrier.
The list of telepresence interconnectivity deals has been growing steadily, which makes plenty of sense as the more endpoints you can connect to the more useful this kind of technology is. This is actually Orange Business's second telepresence alliance this quarter. In April they hooked up with Tata Communications (news, filings), working out a deal allowing each carrier to conduct Telepresence meetings across the combined networks. Then there was this one between British Telecom (NYSE:BT, news, filings) and AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) back in December.
In fact, the ecosystem for telepresence offerings seems to be developing as quickly as the actual market opportunity is developing, which just goes to show that these big international telecoms can in fact work together and do it quickly when there is enough money involved. Lots of work yet to do though.