Deutsche Telekom recently launched VideoMeet, a web-based video conference service whose aim is to make video calling as prevalent as voice calling. The service emphasizes affordable, user-friendly and secure video communication that works with virtually any endpoint as a way of cutting costs and improving efficiency in enterprise communication. "Video is the next voice", the company claims.
VideoMeet, which functions in partnership with the California-based start-up Blue Jeans Network, bills itself as the world's first system-agnostic video conferencing service. It requires an Internet connection (at least 384Kbps) and a video-capable device as basic as a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. VideoMeet supports the video communication services Skype, GoogleTalk and Microsoft Lync, as well as high-end H.323-compatible systems from Cisco/Tandberg, Sony and Polycom, among a handful of others.
The service allows up to 25 participants in up to four concurrent conversations and runs for under £1,300 per month. And only the moderator incurs the cost, with invited participants joining in for free from their devices of choice.