PLDT, Avaya roll out ‘video-as-a-service’ solution in PH

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Recognizing video as the “new norm”, telecom equipment maker Avaya and dominant carrier PLDT recently joined forces to provide video-as-a-service (VaaS) solution to large and small enterprises.

PLDT is bundling the VaaS offering with desktop PCs, Macs, and popular iOS and Android devices to enable those inside and outside an organization to join a video meeting.

Photo shows (from left) Avaya Philippines country manager Ed Doctolero, PLDT Alpha Enterprise product manager John Lao, PLDT corporate business head for enterprise voice category Fay Ocampo, Avaya Asean managing director Chong-Win Lee, and Avaya Asean video sales leader Kumar Prem

John Lao, product manager of PLDT Alpha Enterprise, said the VaaS solution will enable companies, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to achieve better business results through video collaboration.

“It’s for SMEs who don’t have the capex (capital expenditure) and talent to have or afford their own video infrastructure,” Lao said. “We’re providing them with an alternative model for video infrastructure by offering this in the cloud.”

According to Avaya Philippines country manager Ed Doctolero, Avaya’s latest line of video collaboration is geared towards harnessing the power of being a mobile enterprise.

“The mobile enterprise is the next evolutionary step for businesses of all sizes with built-in agility that enables employees, customers, partners and suppliers to communicate and collaborate at the right time, with the right media, on the right device and with the right information,” Doctolero said.

Doctolero said that with Avaya’s video collaboration solution, users can interact using personalized applications and devices such as the Avaya Desktop Video Device, Radvision Scopia Mobile, and the Avaya Flare.

He said workers can work together with larger project teams and group conferences using multi-point conferencing units with multi-screen telepresence systems.

Chong Win-Lee, managing director of Avaya Asean, said the new VaaS service will enable SMEs to access videoconferencing solutions.

“Before, video conferencing is only for large companies, but Avaya now has made it more affordable. For most customers, we’re also just helping them extend on what they already have,” Win-Lee said.

Kumar Prem, video sales leader of Avaya Asean, said with the video collaboration solution, companies can scale down personal meetings to video conferences and conduct meeting via mobile devices.

“It means less travel, less reservations in hotels and booking in advance,” Kumar said. “Now with just one click you can do meetings anywhere, get the job done and say thanks and bye-bye.”

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