Pakistan’s Largest Telecommunication Provider, PTCL Partners with Polycom® to Provide New Video Collaboration Service

State-owned telecommunication authority selects global leader Polycom to extend services for business customers looking to implement voice, video and content collaboration solutions in their organisations


Hyderabad, India - Sep 08, 2014: 

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), today announced that Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL), the country’s largest telecommunications and internet service provider, has selected Polycom to offer a new videoconferencing and content collaboration service to their customers. The service is powered by Polycom RealPresence® One™, a new subscription-based solution that will enable PTCL customers to easily and affordably implement fully secure, HD quality Polycom videoconferencing and content sharing across their organisation.

State-owned PTCL provides telephonic and internet services nationwide and is the backbone for the country's telecommunication infrastructure. The new service offers flexibility to Pakistani companies to deploy enterprise-grade video collaboration that is customised to their own business model and budget. Based on an annual subscription service model, they can easily adjust their investment in video collaboration as the scale and requirements of their organisation change, supporting business development and growth at any speed. PTCL customers simply decide on the number of people they want to enable with enterprise quality video collaboration in their organisation and how many multiparty connections they require.

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The new service is designed to provide increased communication between dispersed sites and teams, and enhance business productivity for Pakistani companies. Polycom RealPresence One, launched earlier this year, is a comprehensive package sold by subscription that includes Polycom’s market leading RealPresence Platform software and services for video and content collaboration. It is the industry’s most reliable, interoperable, and scalable solution to video-enable organisations. PTCL customers can now implement a secure, reliable and interoperable video collaboration solution that is always available to everyone across any network, protocol, application or device.  Users of the Polycom RealPresence Platform are able to collaborate more effectively and efficiently through real-time, face-to-face video meetings.

The partnership, which is the first tie up between Polycom and a Pakistan service provider, will also see PTCL become a reseller of Polycom endpoints along with managed services.

Kamal Ahmed, Chief Digital Services Officer (CDSO) PTCL said at the occasion, “PTCL remains committed to bringing cutting edge ICT solutions for the corporate sector in Pakistan and introduction of PTCL Smart Video is another step in this direction, which  will make video calling as simple as voice calls.”

“The service is a cost effective solution aimed at empowering corporate businesses and SMEs to swiftly react to market opportunities and improve customer interactions while reducing Capex and improving efficiency,” added Kamal Ahmed.

Minhaj Zia, Managing Director, Polycom India & SAARC said: “Our broad range of software and hardware video collaboration solutions are transforming the way organisations do business, particularly in economies rich in potential, such as Pakistan. We are proud to partner with PTCL to make the benefits of video collaboration more accessible and affordable for Pakistani businesses of any size, operating in any industry or sector.”

About Polycom

Polycom helps organisations unleash the power of human collaboration.  More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives.  Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit www.polycom.asia or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more.

About Polycom RealPresence One

Polycom RealPresence One is a comprehensive offering that combines the complete RealPresence Platform with software endpoints and optimised services - all for a yearly subscription fee. Customers can enjoy all the benefits of the RealPresence Platform - interoperability, scalability, and reliability - combined with the benefits of consolidating video data centres into a virtualised video network.  RealPresence One empowers IT managers who wish to:

  • Increase agility – Easily spin-up and spin-down video capacity based on their organisation’s changing needs
  • Increase resilience – Software provides better disaster recovery and easier backups for business continuit
  • Reduce deployment time – Software is quick and easy to deploy, especially for trials and proof-of-concepts. Purchase, download, and install within hours, vs. days with hardware appliances
  • Reduce total cost of ownership – Virtual appliances and applications use your IT resources more efficiently, supporting datacenter consolidation
  • Simplify management – Enjoy single-pane-of-glass visibility for all applications
  • Align with strategic IT policies – Add video infrastructure to existing virtualised data centre

For further information, please visit www.polycom.asia/products-services/realpresence-one.html

About Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL)

PTCL is all set to redefine the established boundaries of the telecommunication market and is shifting the productivity frontier to new heights. Today, for millions of people, PTCL provides instant access to new products and ideas. More importantly, by setting free the spirit of innovation, PTCL enables higher living standards through our ICT services. For additional details, please visit www.ptcl.com.pk

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