Home Industry Deals Telstra buys iVision to boost video & UC capabilities

Telstra has purchased videoconferencing and collaboration company iVision, a move that it says will make it the number one provider of videoconferencing services in Australia, and one of the top three providers in Asia.

Telstra CEO David Thodey said: "In the past three years there has been explosive growth in video across IP networks. Organisations are adopting richer formats of communication to work and collaborate more effectively, both internally and with their customers and partners.

"The speed, scale, reliability and intelligence of the Telstra Next IP network provides the perfect foundation for high definition videoconferencing, unified communications and collaboration applications, which are currently some of the fastest growing solutions adopted by enterprise, government and small business customers"

He added: "Telstra's network strength and expertise in video will be greatly enhanced by iVision's design, deployment and advanced monitoring capabilities."

iVision managing director and owner, Graham Williams, who will continue to lead the business, said: "The combination of iVision and Telstra will create an innovative, network-based, end-to-end videoconferencing provider with customer centric capabilities unparalleled in the Australian market."

iVision claims to offer five key service areas: consultation, integration, implementation, managed services, network and conferencing hosted service and usage and adoption services.

In June last year Williams told ExchangeDaily he believed there was considerable scope to integrate videoconferencing and unified communications, claiming that the two were at that time largely separate.

"I think the market [for unified communications] is completely untapped. A lot of people have IP telephony but it is only dial-tone replacement. There is no presence or collaboration and certainly not desktop video. And while there are a lot of people with video it is not integrated into telephony or booking systems.

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Stuart Corner

 

Tracking the telecoms industry since 1989, Stuart has been awarded Journalist Of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (twice) and by the Service Providers Action Network. In 2010 he received the 'Kester' lifetime achievement award in the Consensus IT Writers Awards and was made a Lifetime Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia. He was born in the UK, came to Australia in 1980 and has been here ever since.

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