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Optus launches interoperable high definition video conferencing as a service
24 Mar 2010

Optus today announced the launch of Optus EvolveTM Video, an interoperable and hosted video conferencing service that simplifies multi-party video conferences by allowing users to connect multiple video systems, applications and networks into a single video conference.

With no need for upfront capital investment and the ability to integrate the latest HD video technology with legacy video conferencing systems, Optus Evolve Video is available for a fixed monthly fee, with additional service feature options available on a pay-as-you-use basis, depending on the customer's requirements.

Scott Mason, Director of Fixed Products, Marketing and Strategy, Optus Business said, "One of the most compelling things about Optus Evolve Video is that it works across multiple platforms. This means that customers can communicate with parties outside their organisation without having to purchase expensive bridging and gateway equipment that would otherwise be required."

Optus Evolve Video uses the next generation of IP video conferencing technology which runs over Optus' advanced IP MPLS network - Optus Evolve. The sound and screen quality of HD feels like you are in the same room with your interstate or overseas colleagues or customers, while the quality of service (QoS) capabilities of Optus Evolve ensures the service is delivered consistently.

For Optus' existing customers, Optus Evolve Video has been designed to support interoperability between standard definition ISDN and high definition IP systems allowing customers to upgrade their legacy equipment in their own time.

"Other key benefits of Optus Evolve Video include its ability to reduce costs and improve the environmental efficiency of a business. More than ever businesses are focused on reducing costs while also reducing their carbon footprint. Video conferencing tools, like Optus Evolve Video, can help to achieve these goals by removing the need for air and road travel," Mr Mason said.

Optus Evolve Video provides virtual business-to-business communication via a network based video exchange, global address book and offers access to more than 4,000 public video rooms worldwide.

"Optus has seen a rise in the popularity of video conferencing technology and we're responding to customer demand with this service," Mr Mason said.

According to a recent survey conducted by Optus Business1, the key drivers for the growth of video conferencing include reduced travel due to cost pressures (80%); reduced time lost in travelling (71%); improvement in technology (59%) and better quality networks (46%).

Optus Evolve Video offers flexible packages where video conferencing requirements such as video equipment, hosted services and a robust video network, are bundled into a fixed, predicative monthly fee with additional service feature options available on a pay-as-you-use basis.

Optus Business offers a range of collaboration solutions from audio conferencing through to video and TelePresence. For more information visit www.optusevolve.com.au.

1Source: Optus IP Index 2009

Media contacts:
Liz Greene / Siobhan Quinn
Optus Corporate Affairs
Tel: (02) 8082 7850

About Optus Evolve
The Optus Evolve new generation Internet Protocol (IP) network is purpose built to support real time business applications such as voice and video. The Optus Evolve new generation IP network offers integrated Video Conferencing Services to bring colleagues, partners and customers together regardless of application, network or location.