today announced that
, a fast-emerging leader in small business web conferencing, has joined its
marketplace. Upware is a suite of cloud-based business solutions that can be purchased and accessed on-demand through Comcast’s integrated web portal.
Four-way video call using AnyMeeting on Upware by Comcast Business. (Photo: Business Wire)
The availability on Comcast’s Upware marks the first time that AnyMeeting’s full-featured web conferencing solution is available “as-a-service” by a telecommunications channel partner, marking an important milestone in its growth strategy. The companies will work together to offer AnyMeeting, which addresses a complete range of small business needs including six-way video conferencing, VoIP audio conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and mobile access.
Small business represents the fastest growing segment of the web conference market, according to AMI-Partners, a global market research firm specializing in telecommunications and cloud services for SMBs.
“Our research has revealed that small businesses in North America will spend over $1.4 billion annually on web conferencing services by 2016 – up from $560 million in 2012 – representing a 26 percent compound annual growth rate,“ said Clayton Miller, Associate, AMI-Partners. “The availability of cloud-based web conferencing solutions through channel partners will help drive this growth.”
AnyMeeting brings several features to Comcast cloud customers that it has learned are uniquely important to small businesses, such as personalized meeting URLs, social media integration, personal profile pages and PayPal integration to monetize meetings. It’s also priced for small business, at less than half the cost of most enterprise solutions.
“Maintaining a productive workplace is not easy for SMB owners because their business pulls them in so many different directions,” said Kevin O’Toole, senior vice president/general manager, New Business Solutions at Comcast Business. “Comcast is in a unique position to help by offering cloud-based solutions like AnyMeeting, through the Upware marketplace, that have been properly vetted and meet our high standards. We do all of the research and evaluation on the front end so entrepreneurs don’t have to.”