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BT Conferencing adds Kontiki Video Platform to expand its Unified Communications Services Portfolio

Sunnyvale, CA(23 Jun 2010)

BT Conferencing, a leading global provider of audiovideo and web collaboration services, has announced an extension of its Unified Communications (UC) portfolio through the introduction of Kontiki's enterprise video solutions, including live video webcasting and video on demand services. 

Available immediately as part of BT Conferencing's UC and collaboration offerings, the new service means that even the largest multi-national organizations can quickly and cost effectively send broadcast quality video content to their employees' PC's regardless of which network they are on.

Specific uses include:

  • CEO all-hands town hall meetings: Live video webcasting that reaches all employees for company-wide events, without requiring any network infrastructure upgrade
  • Turning telepresence into "global presence": Extends investments in telepresence as well as desktop video conferencing systems, driving up viewership by givingemployees the ability to view the conference as it is happening or the flexibility to watch it on demand at a more convenient time
  • Any live video broadcast to employees: For business unit executives, product managers, HR or the training department who need to reach a large audience of employees using video

Aaron McCormack, CEO for BT Conferencing, said: "Video is becoming a ‘must have' tool for business communication programs, and the new BT solution offers a natural step for customers who are already using collaboration services and want to add or expand the use of live video webcasting or video on demand to their company-wide events."

BT's Unified Communications portfolio is designed to enable users real-time access to all forms of communication and collaboration services from multiple devices.

McCormack continues: "With this latest offering, BT Conferencing becomes the only player in the market that can provide this complete Unified Communications portfolio. Our customers are able to communicate instantly and uniformly to their employees around the world with high-quality video.  This includes small offices and home workers who are an increasing percentage of the workforce and are often unable to take part in town hall and all-hands meetings."

Kontiki's Enterprise Video Platform delivers business video every day to hundreds of thousands of global workers in many of the world's largest companies in the financial services, retail, technology, telecommunications and manufacturing market sectors. Kontiki's patented software as a service-based Enterprise Content Delivery Networking platform deploys in days and scales to all employees while enabling enterprise-grade management and control.

In addition to enabling live video webcasting and video on demand, Kontiki's platform also leverages corporate investments in video content, making it available via a next-generation, consumer-style video community for searchable and user-generated content with familiar social networking capabilities.

Eric Armstrong, President and CEO for Kontiki, says the new service with BT Conferencing will deliver live video webcasting and video on demand to all of their customers' employees simply and easily. "Video is delivering real ROI in the enterprise and doesn't have to be complicated - it can be as easy as email with no impact on existing network traffic. We are thrilled to help complete BT's leadership position within the Unified Communications category and leverage the growing demand for Unified Communications, enterprise video and social media."

About BT Conferencing
BT Conferencing is a leading global provider of audiovideo and web collaboration services. BT is the foremost player in the UK's growing conferencing services market and the leading supplier of video conferencing services worldwide. Its partnerships with top technology companies and equipment vendors ensure it always has the best and latest solutions to offer its customers. 

About BT
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2010, BT Group's revenue was £20,911 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.  BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt

About Kontiki, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Kontiki offers an End-to-End Enterprise Video Platform, delivering all of the capabilities you need for a complete Video Communications solution to your employees, while ensuring absolute security and control over your network and content. From Live Video Webcasting and Video On Demand to an Employee Video Portal with Social Media capabilities, Kontiki gives you the ability to build a video culture and align your organization, in the most engaging and effective way possible.

Offered as a Software?as?a?Service or Software License solution, Kontiki's technology is unique in the market in that our customers can securely deliver high?quality video to all employees globally, without deploying any networking or caching hardware. Learn more about us at www.kontiki.com.