Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:56

Vocus, Zoom tie up to provide unified communications platform

Andrew Wildblood and Laura Padilla seal the deal. Andrew Wildblood and Laura Padilla seal the deal. Supplied

As more and more Australian businesses ask their employees to work from home due to the cononavirus outbreak, local network solutions provider Vocus has announced a deal with video communications outfit Zoom to sell a video-first unified communications platform.

Under the arrangement, Vocus will resell Zoom Meetings, Rooms and Webinars to both private and public organisations in Australia and New Zealand, according to a statement from Vocus on Wednesday.

Zoom's full range of cloud-based services will be available across Vocus' network, including HD video and audio meetings, webinars, and chat over desktops, phones, mobile devices and conferencing systems.

Vocus chief executive, Enterprise and Government, Andrew Wildblood said: "We know in the current environment, many organisations are being challenged in terms of how they maintain business continuity, particularly as they look to adapt the way they work.

"Our fibre and network solutions play a critical role for customers, and together with Zoom's suite of services, we can genuinely help with remote working and real-time communications."

Wildblood said the partnership had been developed over the last several months but the process had been accelerated in view of the sudden growth in the need for remote working.

"The strong fit between our businesses means we're able to work at pace, leveraging our unique strengths, to bring together the very best connectivity, meeting solutions and unified communications for enterprise and government customers."

Zoom's head of Channels and Business Development, Laura Padilla, said it was important for her employer to work with the right partners to expand in Australia.

"With Vocus, we have a strong business and cultural alignment, which brings enormous value to the partnership and means we can quickly zero in on what our customers want - frictionless meeting experiences."

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