Currently, both companies have announced they will become booking agents for the Tata fleet of public-access rooms, taking a share of the $US500/hr fee charged for each room used in a conference hook-up.
"CWT recognizes the intense pressure corporations are under to contain rising T&E costs and maximize return on investment," said Pauline QuÃ©rÃ©, CWT vice president, Customer Product Marketing. "By incorporating telepresence into the full range of products and services in our demand management offering, CWT provides a compelling alternative and solidifies its role as a key partner in helping clients demonstrate measurable return on investment. To that end, we are very pleased to be moving forward with Tata Communications, an industry leader in the telepresence arena."
Certainly there are also reductions in the carbon footprint of a meeting if the only things travelling are photons and electrons.
Furthermore, Tata Communications has also announced an alliance with Starwood Hotels and Resorts to embed telepresence facilities into a number of hotels. After-all, a hotel is an obvious place to host telepresence - they certainly have all the necessary facilities and infrastructure.
"We intend to make telepresence available to as many users as possible with our global network of public telepresence rooms and our suite of managed telepresence networks services for businesses. Our partnership with Starwood is a major step towards making this vision a reality," said John Landau, Senior Vice President Global Managed Services from Tata Communications.
The author travelled to Singapore as a guest of NetEvents and Tata Communications.