Infonet and Polycom Announce Delivery of Global IP Video Solutions; Enables Infonet to Deliver The Polycom Office to Multinational Corporations
EL SEGUNDO & PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 22, 2002 -- Infonet Services Corporation, a leading provider of global communications services to multinationals, and Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCM), a worldwide leader in the convergence of interactive voice, video, data and web communications, today announced a key partnership to deliver interactive video communications to multinational corporations as part of Infonet's complete portfolio of IP-based video solutions. Through this partnership, Infonet will leverage Polycom's comprehensive line of interactive video communications products to provide clients with a complete, integrated video communications solution that includes industry-leading end points, management software and infrastructure systems.
The Polycom agreement expands Infonet's offerings to address the growing demand for IP-based video technologies, which are factoring into client's converging network requirements. The global agreement positions Infonet to provide The Polycom Office(TM), an integrated, end-to-end solution for converged communications that includes Polycom's industry-leading ViewStation(R), iPower(TM) and ViaVideo(TM) video communications end points; its MGC(TM) Video Multipoint Control Unit and Gateway and Polycom(R) VoicePlus for voice and video bridging, the Polycom PathNavigator(TM) call processing server for intelligent call routing, ease of deployment and ease of use; and its Global Management System(TM) software for remote management. All elements of The Polycom Office are standards-based and complement leading network platforms.
"The integration of Polycom's end-to-end solution provides the ease of deployment, management and use that clients are looking for and complements our overall IP solutions strategy," said Kent Lowell, Senior Director of Multimedia Services for Infonet. "That fact, combined with the strong commitment and experience Infonet has in providing innovative network and communications solutions to multinational corporations, makes this partnership around video-over-IP solutions extremely powerful."
"Our partnership with Infonet creates a very complementary offering for clients seeking IP-based solutions including in our deepest market segment of companies with global operations," said Phil Keenan, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Polycom. "By offering The Polycom Office, Infonet can provide its clients with an integrated, end-to-end solution of industry leading products that deliver breakthrough functionality and unparalleled ease of use and management."
Infonet Services Corporation, known for its quality of service, is a leading provider of value-added global communications services, including IP VPNs, for nearly 3,000 multinational enterprises.
Employing a unique consultative approach, Infonet offers integrated solutions optimizing the complex relationship between enterprise applications and the global network. Extensive project management capabilities are the foundation for the services and solution offerings (broadband, Internet, intranet, multimedia, remote and local access, provisioning, application and consulting services) positioning Infonet as the ideal single-source partner for multinationals. In particular, Infonet(R) IP VPN solutions offer multinationals a unique combination of Private and Public IP services as well as a full set of Managed Security Services.
Rated "Best in Class" overall in Telemark's survey of Global Managed Data Network Services, Infonet has also won "Best Customer Care" and "Best Carrier" at the World Communication Awards. Founded in 1970, Infonet owns and operates The World Network(R), accessible from more than 180 countries, and provides local service support in over 70 countries and territories.
Infonet's stock is traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol IN. Additional information about the company is available at www.infonet.com.
Polycom, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality, easy-to-use and affordable voice and video communication end points, video management software, web collaboration software, multi-network gateways, and multi-point conferencing and network access solutions. Its fully integrated end-to-end solution, The Polycom Office, is supported by the Polycom Accelerated Communications Architecture, and enables business users to immediately realize the benefits of integrated video, voice and data over rapidly growing converged networks. For additional information, call 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom web site at www.polycom.com.
Safe Harbor Statement: Infonet may have made forward-looking statements in this release. These statements, if any, are based on information available to the company as of the date of this release and Infonet undertakes no duty to update the information to take account of later events. The accuracy of our forward-looking statements will also be affected by the strength of the market for Infonet products and services, competition, the timely transitioning of new business opportunities to Infonet's network and the effect of currency fluctuation. Investors should bear these risk factors in mind as well as those elaborated on in Infonet's 10K, 10-Qs and other recent filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These documents are available through the investor relations portion of Infonet's web site at www.infonet.com.
Infonet and The World Network are registered trademarks of Infonet Services Corporation. Polycom, the Polycom logo and ViewStation are registered trademarks and iPower, ViaVideo, Polycom PathNavigator, MGC, Polycom VoicePlus, WebOffice, Global Management System and The Polycom Office are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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