Tata Communications Sets up TelePresence Exchange

India's Tata Communications is setting up TelePresence Exchanges that will allow communications between all TelePresence rooms on its network. Until now, such communications were limited to TelePresence rooms on the same customer's network, a spokeswoman for Tata Communications said on Thursday.

Cisco's TelePresence technology enables high-definition conferencing over a network that tries to recreate the feeling of an in-person meeting among colleagues anywhere in the world.

TelePresence customers now want to communicate using TelePresence both internally and with their outside vendors, customers and business partners, the Tata spokeswoman said.

The company is setting up exchanges in India, the U.S., and the U.K.

The company plans down the line to make its TelePresence service interoperable across networks of different operators, the spokeswoman said.

The company said that it is in talks with a number of regional carriers to extend its exchange into more markets.

With the new exchange, TelePresence will evolve from private, intra-company communications to also support inter-company sessions, the company added.

Besides offering private TelePresence rooms, Tata Communications has set up public TelePresence rooms in select locations which companies can rent.

This cybercafé model is designed to attract companies that do not want to incur the cost of setting up private, dedicated TelePresence rooms in their own campuses.

The company runs TelePresence public rooms in London, Boston, and five cities in India. It has also announced an agreement recently to manage a public room in Manila. The company plans to add more public rooms this year.

The public rooms will also be able to communicate with private rooms on the Tata network, the spokeswoman said.

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