In this year's Mobile World Congress , Polycom, the world leader in standards-based unified communications (UC) and Ericsson will launch an end-to-end solution that allows operators to offer affordable and interoperable HD Video-as-a-service (Vaas) and unified communications services to businesses of all sizes. This solution will be jointly brought to market worldwide, with Ericsson serving as prime systems integrator for all infrastructure components.
The new visual communication solution for service providers will use integrated video capable of Ericsson’s IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), including HD-capable infrastructure and Polycom RealPresence terminals, voice and video the RealPresence software platform.
The Ericsson IMS system provides significant synergies for operators using the same IMS core for visual communication solution for Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Rich Communication Suite (RCS) and the modernization of the fixed network. Ericsson will provide the new media resource with safe and high-quality HD video and full-band stereo audio conference capabilities to operators worldwide. Ericsson Media Gateway can be upgraded to include the functions of the media resources which can provide operational savings to operators.
Furthermore, RealPresence Platform ensures interoperability with hundreds of business and social networking applications, and bridge silos, which will really unify communications across the enterprise.
The range of cloud-based end-to-end will allow operators to enter or expand operations with new attractive Vaas offers through devices with high reliability and scalability. Also by incorporating the Ericsson Business Communication Suite solution for unified communication, it will ensure that operators will be able to penetrate new markets, increase revenue per subscriber, and compete effectively.
"The announcement is another step towards our vision of making the video collaboration everywhere. Following the January announcement of our cloud strategy, Polycom is pleased to collaborate with a leader like Ericsson to deliver IMS standards-based, interoperable solutions allowing service providers to offer attractive and cost-effective Video-as-a-Service solutions to their customers," said Gary Testa, vice president and global cloud solutions for service providers Polycom. "We're showing our joint solution at Mobile World Congress this year so that providers can see firsthand how technology can build your business, attract new customers, create new revenue streams, and that your customers can connect visually in high-definition through the cloud."
Furustam Magnus, Vice President and Head of Core and IMS at Ericsson, said: "We have worked with Polycom since the announcement of our partnership at the fair last year and now pleased to launch and introduce our joint solution for video conferencing business users. Our presence as the market leader in IMS and mobile networks enable networks to allow high-definition visual and audio communication. We believe our solution to be very attractive for business and users alike with a very attractive value proposition for operators. "
Customer trials of the joint solution will begin in mid-2012, with general availability in late 2012. In addition, Ericsson and Polycom will participate in a demonstration of HD video conferencing with major operators and equipment vendors at the Mobile Convention this year. For the demonstration, a common set of capabilities based on existing standards of the industry has been selected to provide an open solution for high-definition video conferencing. Between operators seamless high-definition video conference calls between Telefonica's booth at MWC in Barcelona, a place of Orange in France, a place of Telecom Italia in Italy and a site of Deutsche Telekom in Germany will be presented.