Converged Cisco

Cisco is today showing delegates at ITU Africa 04 how they can take full advantage of a converged voice, video and data network to deliver a rich-media communications experience.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  May 6, 2004

Cisco Systems is today showing delegates at ITU Africa 04 how they can take full advantage of a converged voice, video and data network to deliver a rich-media communications experience. Taking centre stage in this initiative is the networking giant’s recently released CallManager release 4.0. The solution uses Cisco Video Telephony (VT) Advantage technology, integrated with a Cisco IP Phone and associated PC and USB camera, to deliver a rich-media video telephony experience. Furthermore, CallManager 4.0 features new desktop productivity solutions that are designed to facilitate realtime person-to-person video sessions that can be transparently added to telephone calls. With Cisco VT Advantage and Cisco CallManager 4.0, Cisco claims users can cost-effectively create an instant face-to-face video call while retaining the familiar hold, transfer and conference features of their Cisco IP Phones. Cisco CallManager 4.0 also integrates with solutions from other Cisco AVVID partners and their H.323 video endpoints, thereby allowing customers to preserve their existing video investments. “These new solutions are drivers for greater communication effectiveness, business resilience and security for enterprise organisations,” says Reza Mahdavi, vice president at Cisco Systems Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). “Through the addition of video to everyday telecommunications, we are helping companies to enhance the way they communicate with their customers. This is a great example of how IP communications can create competitive advantage and also, increase the utility of a converged infrastructure,” he adds.

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