Polycom, Inc. [NASDAQ: PLCM], the world’s leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced expanded application support for the award-winning Polycom Communicator™, a portable and affordable personal speakerphone that enables a hands-free experience with leading soft phones and desktop video applications. The device includes Polycom HD Voice™ technology delivering four times the clarity of a normal call along with natural, two-way conversations without echoes or feedback. Originally launched with support for Skype, the Polycom Communicator now also supports the CounterPath eyeBeam™ and X-Lite IP soft phones and the Polycom PVX™ PC-based desktop video conferencing application, with support for BroadSoft’s BroadWorks® Communicator IP soft phone anticipated by this summer.
Polycom will demonstrate the new application support for Polycom Communicator this week at the VON Conference and Expo taking place March 20-22, 2007 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. (Polycom booth #625, BroadSoft booth #1227, CounterPath Solutions booth #741)
“The use of soft phones, desktop video and other real-time communications applications on the PC is becoming an integral part of the everyday work routine for distributed workers around the globe,” said Sunil Bhalla, senior vice president and general manager of voice communications at Polycom. ”The Polycom Communicator gives workers a convenient means of using these tools hands-free while delivering outstanding voice quality that exceeds the clarity of a regular analog phone call by 400 percent.“
The Polycom Communicator features software integration with Skype, BroadSoft’s BroadWorks Communicator (anticipated Summer 2007), CounterPath eyeBeam and X-Lite and Polycom PVX applications to deliver a best-in-class user experience with Polycom HD Voice quality, which includes wideband audio (device supports up to 22 kHz), echo cancellation, full-duplex (two-way) conversations and dynamic noise reduction. The integration also allows users to launch the soft phone or video application, as well as answer and hang up calls and control call volume and mute, directly from buttons on the Polycom Communicator device. This allows users to minimize the disruption of answering a call while working with other applications on their PC.
The PDA-sized device is small enough to fit in a coat pocket for easy portability, features a built-in USB cable that also powers the device, and includes a pair of high-fidelity, 360-degree microphones that enable natural conversations with small groups. In addition to the core speakerphone capabilities, the Polycom Communicator also offers high-quality audio output for playing music, games, etc. from a laptop or desktop PC.
“Polycom Communicator’s software integration with CounterPath’s eyeBeam 1.5 and X-Lite 3.0 soft phones enhances the hands-free experience that is inherent in our solutions,” said Donovan Jones, president and COO of CounterPath. ”Built on open standards, our SIP-based clients are fully interoperable with devices conforming to these same standards. When used in conjunction with Polycom Communicator, these soft phone solutions offer increased flexibility in terms of how the user can manage their voice and video calls and multi-party conference calls, significantly adding to the value of the user experience.“
”Today’s business environment requires that dispersed workforces collaborate on projects in real time. We developed the BroadWorks platform to meet those demands, and our BroadWorks Communicator soft phone enables end-users to connect via voice and video using their PC or laptop,“ said David Bukovsky, vice president of products for BroadSoft. ”The Polycom Communicator device will deliver the business-class voice quality end-users expect and will further the adoption of the soft phone by the enterprise as an invaluable real-time communications application.“
Polycom is introducing a new model, the Polycom Communicator C100, that complements the existing Polycom Communicator C100S, which is a co-branded device for use with Skype. Both models (C100, C100S) will work with all described applications, but application-specific software drivers may be required to enable complete functionality with a respective application. Details and software drivers are available at www.polycom.com/communicator
Polycom also offers a Computer Calling Kit option for its SoundStation2™, SoundStation2W™ and VoiceStation® 500 conference phones, enabling those phones to work with PC-based IP soft phones. For more information about the Computer Calling Kit option, visit the Polycom website at http://www.polycom.com/products_services/1,1443,pw-181-12094,00.html
Pricing and Availability
The Polycom Communicator C100 is scheduled for worldwide availability in April through Polycom certified channel partners for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$129 (North America). Regional pricing may vary. Support for the CounterPath soft phones and Polycom PVX is scheduled for availability in April, while support for BroadSoft Communicator is planned for availability in July 2007.
BroadSoft provides VoIP application software that enables the delivery of hosted telephony and multimedia services. Its flagship BroadWorks’ technology empowers wireless, wireline and cable carriers to deliver next-generation voice and multimedia applications and advanced features that enable them to increase revenue, enhance competitive differentiation and elevate customer satisfaction. BroadSoft’s family of carrier-class software products delivers the scale, open architecture and reliability that the world’s leading telecommunications companies demand to serve mission-critical enterprise and residential broadband customers. BroadSoft provides VoIP applications to 7 of the top 10 and 13 of the top 25 largest carriers worldwide, as measured by recent annual revenue, including Korea Telecom, Singtel, Sprint, Telefonica de Espana, Telstra, T-Systems, and Verizon. For additional information, go to www.BroadSoft.com.
CounterPath Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: CTPS), formerly Xten Networks, Inc., is a developer of award-winning, carrier-grade VoIP and Video over IP SIP softphones for telecom and Internet telephony service providers, cable operators, IP-PBX manufacturers and infrastructure manufacturers. CounterPath’s SIP softphones and softphone SDKs (Software Development Kits), which provide VoIP, Video over IP, IM (Instant Messaging) and Presence functionality and can be preconfigured to our customer’s VoIP service, are predominantly licensed on a per seat or per subscriber basis, either co-branded or private labeled. CounterPath’s technology is deployed by over 250 customers in more than 50 countries. Additional information about CounterPath and CounterPath’s products and services is available at www.counterpath.com.
About Polycom PVX
Polycom PVX is a desktop video conferencing software application that delivers business-quality video communications and seamless interoperability (video, audio and content sharing) with other standards-based conference room and desktop video conferencing systems. Polycom PVX enables users to clearly see, hear and share content with others directly from their PC. Using Polycom PVX in conjunction with Polycom Communicator gives users high-quality, headset-free au
dio capabilities, including support for wideband audio.
Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom’s high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With its market driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. For additional information call 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom website at www.polycom.com.
Polycom, the Polycom and VoiceStation are registered trademarks and SoundStation2, SoundStation2W, Polycom Communicator,Polycom HD Voice and Polycom PVX are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2007, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.
BroadSoft and BroadWorks are registered trademarks of BroadSoft, Inc. All other names are trademarks of their respective companies.