AT&T and Polycom to Advance Innovative Video Capabilities

          AT&T and Polycom to Advance Innovative Video Capabilities

AT&T Telepresence Solution® to Support the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform
Expanding Interoperable Video Solutions Globally

PR Newswire

DALLAS and SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 15, 2013

DALLAS and SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As organizations of
all types look to accelerate the adoption of video-based communications and
video-enabled business processes, AT&T* and Polycom, Inc., (Nasdaq: PLCM)
announced today a strategic agreement to personalize, mobilize and virtualize
video meetings.

Enabled by the industry-leading AT&T Business Exchange, MPLS, Internet and
mobility networks and the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, the agreement will
create greater availability of cloud-delivered video communication
capabilities – giving customers unmatched choice in when, how, and where they
collaborate. The Polycom RealPresence Platform is a comprehensive software
infrastructure for universal video, on-premises or in the cloud collaboration,
interoperating with the broadest set of applications, devices and network

"AT&T and Polycom's announcement is a big win for customer choice and
interoperability, and it will help accelerate video collaboration as
businesses increasingly look to cloud-delivered options," said Zeus Kerravala,
Principle Analyst, ZKResearch. "In addition, this agreement opens new revenue
streams and business opportunities for AT&T, and demonstrates the momentum
Polycom is having with service providers and in the video cloud market."

"In the Pervasive Video Era of 2013, people want instant access to others, no
matter what device or service they are using," said Jim Lundy, CEO, Lead
Analyst, Aragon Research. "The alliance between Polycom and AT&T will help to
accelerate the shift to pervasive, cloud enabled video."

The first wave of capabilities include:

  oAT&T and the Polycom RealPresence Platform – AT&T will incorporate the
    highly interoperable Polycom RealPresence Platform as part of the AT&T
    Telepresence Solution video infrastructure in the AT&T Business Exchange.
    This will lead to:

       oNew on-demand virtual meeting room capabilities that increase
         customer choice through expanded interoperability.
       oFlexible and easy-to-use video collaboration experiences that deliver
         a lower total cost of ownership.
       oNew forms of collaboration with business customers, partners and
         suppliers on the AT&T Business Exchange.

  oFully Managed Service Bundles – AT&T Telepresence Solution customers will
    now have access to a range of Polycom® RealPresence® video solutions
    offered in 40 countries – including immersive and multipurpose rooms, and
    personal systems – as part of a managed service bundle. This approach
    helps customers reduce their capital expenditures by providing the video
    equipment as part of the managed service for a monthly fee, while also
    helping to reduce the burden on internal IT resources, leaving customers
    more time to focus on business-critical activities.
  oVPN Services – Polycom has selected AT&T to become its preferred internal
    wide area network service provider utilizing the industry leading MPLS
    AT&T VPN service. The network will carry Polycom video, voice and data
    communications including access to the AT&T Business Exchange to and from
    over 80 locations around the globe including Polycom Customer Experience
    and Briefing Centers.

"Together with AT&T, we are reshaping and expanding the capabilities of
cloud-delivered video communications, making it easier for businesses to
connect and collaborate with each other," said Andy Miller, President and CEO
of Polycom. "With Polycom's commitment to openness, standards and
interoperability, and AT&T's commitment to networks, applications and
interconnectivity, we're creating video solutions for customers that are as
simple, reliable and as universal as dial tone so they can collaborate without
worrying about vendor, device or network-specific restrictions. It just

"Our goal is to lead the innovation curve by introducing solutions and
services that make communications easier, anytime, anywhere, on any device,"
said Michael Bowling, Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Business Solutions. "The
work between AT&T and Polycom will bring customers new capabilities, help
expand their reach and use of video collaboration and ultimately deliver
lasting impacts by transforming how they get work done."

Both companies are board-level founders of the Open Visual Communications
Consortium, an industry body whose mission is to develop and support a
ubiquitous video marketplace.

For more information on AT&T Telepresence Solution visit 

For more information on Polycom RealPresence video solutions visit

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and
affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the
most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T
operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States
and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes
the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless,
Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile
Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S.
carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.
It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse^® and AT&T │DIRECTV
brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is
one of the most advanced in the world.

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About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications
and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted
by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered
by the Polycom^® RealPresence^® Platform, comprehensive software
infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of
communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver
secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment.Polycom and its
ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications
solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor
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Contact: Aaron Virola, AT&T Corporate Communications, +1-212-453-2396,; Ellen Topp, Polycom Corporate Communications, +1-408-586-4041,
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