World’s first car manufacturer to use the high-definition video collaboration tool to enable better research and development collaboration
Paris – October 20, 2010 – Europe’s second largest automaker, PSA Peugeot Citroen, has selected Tata Communications, a leading provider of the new world of communications, to install, maintain and manage five Telepresence facilities within its offices in France (3), Brazil and China – the first installation of its kind within the automotive industry. Tata Communications’ implementation of Telepresence, a high-definition and immersive video collaboration tool, will enable PSA Peugeot Citroen to connect its research and development facility with its executive offices around the world, reducing time for product development through better collaboration.
The private rooms will be linked to a wider Tata Communications Telepresence network via its Global Meeting Exchange. The Exchange enables meetings to take place between any private or public room on its network; as well as rooms on the networks of Tata Communications’ Intercarrier-Exchange partners, BT, Telefonica and the National Lamda Rail network, which links together leading US universities. This network reach moves Telepresence from a private intracompany experience to a global collaboration tool for customers and partners, regardless of the service provider network.
“As an expert in emerging markets with strong local partnerships and a world-class global network, Tata Communications was the obvious choice for this deployment. Our new Telepresence rooms will enable us to lead within our industry in terms of innovation and development. This cutting-edge technology will also dramatically improve collaboration and business transformation across the group,” said Daniel Zamparini, group CIO, PSA Peugeot Citroen.
Tata Communications will manage all aspects of the carmaker’s Telepresence needs through a streamlined service level agreement, integrating the MPLS, Concierge and Telepresence equipment aspects of the deployment so that users can be assured of a high-quality, end-to-end experience.
“Our public and private room network, together with our Global Meeting Exchange, supports our goal to facilitate as many connections for our customers as possible via Telepresence. By installing and managing PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Telepresence private rooms, we will ensure that its users benefit from an industry-leading collaboration experience across an extensive business ecosystem.” said Peter Quinlan, Vice President, Telepresence Managed Services, Tata Communications.
Tata Communications provides a portfolio of Managed Telepresence Services for enterprises, from complete turnkey solutions for organizations doing their initial Telepresence deployment, to customized solutions and operational models integrated into existing video and network infrastructure.
“With our global Telepresence services, Tata Communications is defining a new world of communications where time and customer intimacy are the new currencies for business,” said Quinlan. “Telepresence is a viable alternative to face-to-face meetings that did not exist a few years ago. Businesses can now improve long-distance collaboration and decision-making to accelerate productivity with less physical travel while achieving substantial cost savings, and at the same time reducing their carbon footprint.”
Tata Communications offers its Managed Telepresence Services in a flexible, modular format, enabling enterprises to tailor the right balance with its own infrastructure and management resources, while minimizing costs. The service also encourages higher Telepresence utilization.
About Tata Communications
Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.
The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.
Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited) and Nepal (United Telecom Limited).
Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL)
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