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ABI Says Telepresence is Gaining Momentum

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February 18, 2011

ABI Says Telepresence is Gaining Momentum

By Charles West, TMCnet Web Editor

In an ABI research report, shows that the value of telepresence, video infrastructure and endpoints market is set to reach $5.5 billion in 2016.

The spotlight for this year has shifted toward emerging applications such as desktop video, personal telepresence, video integrated within unified communications environments, mobile videoconferencing, and video-over-virtual-desktop infrastructure (VDI).

The ABI release also explains the higher end of the telepresence spectrum and how the telepresence experience is becoming more immersive with the integration of hologram and 3D technologies.  At the lower end, the emergence of personal telepresence products will make adoption more pervasive.

The growing popularity of VDI among enterprises looking to cut their IT infrastructure costs is prompting vendors to announce support for delivering real-time, multi-point video for virtualized desktops.

Discussing the report’s findings, senior analyst Subha Rama said, “On the competitive front, a spate of acquisitions in late 2009 and early 2010 has led to the emergence of bigger, stronger competitors that offer end-to-end portfolios of solutions.”

“Though there is consolidation at the top, we are seeing the emergence of newer competitors with innovative and disruptive approaches,” Rama added.

In related telepresence news, Kenyan converged communications provider Safaricom and Tata Communications (News - Alert), East African residents will have access to Tata Communications’ network and partner networks, which spans 32 locations across five continents.

A truly global collaboration instrument, the telepresence solutions were deployed after Safaricom and Cisco (News - Alert) paired off to work with Copy Cat Ltd., an advanced technology provider of telepresence solutions.

The implementation of the telepresence capabilities throughout the hotel suites introduces 200 Safaricom customers in Kenya and Uganda to a vast number of options guaranteed to create a satisfying meeting experience. In addition to delivering an immersive, face-to-face experience on the network, users will also be offered real-time communication and the ability to coordinate with colleagues, partners and customers – no matter their location.

Charles West is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Prior to joining TMC (News - Alert) Charles worked with many gadget oriented sites that included running his own blog ( and Smartphone column for To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Charles West

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