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Polycom, BroadSoft Add Video to Portfolios

Polycom and BroadSoft announced enhanced unified communications (UC) solutions featuring IP telephony with Polycom HD voice, videoconferencing, and telepresence capabilities. Delivered as a hosted service via BroadSoft service-provider customers, the expanded voice and video combination is expected to provide a cost-effective communications solution for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Polycom and BroadSoft announced enhanced unified communications (UC) solutions featuring IP telephony with Polycom HD voice, videoconferencing, and telepresence capabilities. Delivered as a hosted service via BroadSoft service-provider customers, the expanded voice and video combination is expected to provide a cost-effective communications solution for small- and medium-sized businesses, according to the companies.

Polycom and BroadSoft currently deliver hosted unified communications that combine BroadWorks and Polycom's line of VVX 1500 business media phones, SoundPoint IP desktop phones, SoundStation IP conference phones, and Kirk Dect wireless solutions. According to the companies, the new offering expands these capabilities to include the Polycom HDX personal and telepresence solutions, and Polycom RMX 2000 and 4000 real-time media conferencing platforms.

Polycom's HDX personal and room telepresence solutions, and RMX 2000 and RMX 4000 real-time media conferencing platforms, are now interoperable with the BroadSoft BroadWorks VoIP application platform. The HDX systems have dual-stack H.323/SIP capabilities, enabling customers to migrate to telepresence on the BroadSoft SIP-compliant platform, while continuing to leverage existing videoconferencing investments and connect with H.323 videoconferencing systems.

The RMX 2000 and 4000 systems offer voice, video, and unified conferencing capabilities, and can connect those who use different types of voice and video devices on different networks within the same meeting, says the company.

"Our service provider customers are seeing increasing demand for video communication delivered in a hosted model, which enables businesses to improve collaboration and communications without a large capital expenditure," said David Bukovsky, vice president of products at BroadSoft, in a statement. "Deepening our relationship with Polycom enables service providers to deliver greater business value through new offerings."



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