Deutsche Telekom extends its cloud offerings through new strategic alliance with PGi
Mar 05, 2012
- Deutsche Telekom will exclusively offer PGi’s video conferencing solution iMeet in Germany
- iMeet gives users their own personal meeting room
- Web-based video and audio conferences with up to 15 participants
Deutsche Telekom today at CeBIT announced a new, multi-year strategic alliance with Premiere Global Services (PGi) in which PGi has granted Deutsche Telekom exclusive rights to resell its web-based video conferencing solution iMeet in Germany. Deutsche Telekom will host iMeet in its data centers in Germany, extending its range of cloud services, and will make iMeet available to subscribers in the Business Marketplace in the Deutsche Telekom Cloud Center starting this summer. Deutsche Telekom’s initial distribution efforts will focus primarily on Germany’s small business community and will expand to the enterprise and consumer markets later this year.
iMeet allows users to meet virtually and collaborate from wherever they are in the world as if they were sitting in the same room. iMeet combines conferencing, collaboration and social media functions. Video or audio conferences with up to 15 participants can be initiated with just a few clicks, and documents can be easily shared with meeting guests and stored for later use - all within the meeting room. As a cloud-based application, iMeet is accessible on any device with an Internet connection, be it a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet, enabling users to connect with anyone, anywhere, at any time - with no need to download or install any additional software.
iMeet provides a personal touch to every meeting as meeting hosts and guests can see everyone else either through video or a photo. For added simplicity, symbols indicate the current connection status - for example, whether someone is participating via the web or on a telephone, if their phone is on mute or if a meeting guest has stepped away. When a person is speaking, his or her cube glows green so everyone knows who is talking. A simple webcam, which is already built into many modern devices, is sufficient for setting up a video connection within the iMeet cubes. Participant codes and telephone numbers are a thing of the past; iMeet calls meeting participants on request, either on the computer or using an entered telephone number.
The iMeet personal online meeting room offers a wide range of business functions. For example, users can present files, images or videos live, view and discuss files together, or store documents and make them accessible to colleagues. Every individual retains full control of their own file downloads.
iMeet works with Microsoft Outlook to enable users to access their existing contacts, schedule or start an iMeet meeting. In such cases, users open their personal meeting room with a click and send out conference invitations directly. Alternatively, participants can enter via invites in their Outlook calendar as issued by the host in advance of the meeting. To help participants to get to know one another better, iMeet also supports links to popular social networks and can incorporate information from these networks, such as available profiles, photos or short messages.
PGi is a global leader in virtual meetings. For 20 years, they have innovated technologies that help people meet and collaborate in more enjoyable and productive ways. Every month, PGi brings together over 15 million people in nearly 4 million virtual meetings. Headquartered in Atlanta, PGi has a presence in 24 countries worldwide.
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Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 129 million mobile customers, 34 million fixed-network lines and approximately 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2011). The Group provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has over 235,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2011).