Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced that Telecom Group, New Zealand’s largest telecommunications company, will utilize the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform as its software infrastructure of choice to deliver Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) offerings to New Zealand business customers. Together with Telecom Group, Polycom is driving a new era of collaboration in response to the growing need amongst New Zealand organizations for easy-to-use rich media communications solutions that improve collaboration and accelerate operations. Telecom Group will utilize the Polycom RealPresence Platform to power both Gen-i (Telecom’s ICT services division) and Telecom Group hosted video offerings, benefiting from the unique open-standards approach of the Platform, which ensures interoperability with hundreds of unified communications, business and social network applications, bridging video collaboration silos and truly unifying communications across the enterprise. The Polycom RealPresence Platform seamlessly integrates with Gen-i and Telecom Group core networking and security infrastructure to deliver secure collaboration across heterogeneous networks with up to 50 percent less bandwidth consumption than other solutions. The RealPresence Platform provides true carrier-grade reliability and scale, which service providers need to deliver VaaS offerings to potentially millions of service subscribers in SMBs, enterprises, and government organizations. In addition, Polycom last week announced that RealPresence Platform now supports the industry’s first open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding) protocol, with 3X HD multipoint video call capacity for greater scalability, dramatically lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and forwards-compatibility to protect customer investments. Gen-i and Telecom Group VaaS offerings will deliver face-to-face communication and collaboration capabilities to customers through a subscription based model, providing businesses with access to the full suite of Polycom’s video systems, including availability over tablets and mobile devices. All hosting, management and provisioning will be managed by Gen-i and Telecom Group. “In today’s competitive market, New Zealand businesses are tasked with finding the most efficient and cost-effective ways to accelerate operations,” said Leanne Buer, Acting GM Marketing, Gen-i Australasia. “We work alongside a broad range of corporate, government and business customers who are looking for new ways to connect with customers and staff who are on the move or working remotely. With our new cloud-based Video-as-a-Service offering, in partnership with Polycom, we are making it easier and more affordable for our customers to deploy video across their organizations. It’s as simple-to-use as setting up a mobile phone service,” she added.