Telefónica and Telekom Austria Join OVCC

San Ramon, California (EastBayDaily) — Open Visual Communications Consortium, the organization that enables service providers to deliver a consistent visual communications experience to enterprise customers across networks and devices, announced today Telefónica Global Solutions and Telekom Austria Group have joined the organization.

Telefónica and Telekom Austria bring two additional European service providers into the global ecosystem aimed at increasing the reach of visual and collaborative communication and growing members’ individual businesses and the overall collaboration market.

OVCC membership value and the organization’s collective market representation have made participation an important part of OVCC members’ visual communications strategies: “Telefónica is committed to delivering a seamless conferencing service and user experience from any kind of device, in any location. Ranging from immersive telepresence, through room-based videoconferencing, to video-enabled PCs and tablets, users have the ability to access the same services in an ergonomic and user-friendly way. Under that strategy, we have integrated managed telepresence with HD videoconferencing services. Our 360º Video Collaboration Vision is fully delivered with the integration of video-enabled PCs and tablets,” said Gaspar Valdivia, Product Marketing Director of Telefónica Global Solutions.

“As visual collaboration is expanding into Business to Business relationships, we are convinced that the Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC) will play a significant role in promoting the interoperability between conferencing solutions from different providers.”

“The Telekom Austria Group joined the independent industrial consortium OVCC in order to optimize its existing video services by leveraging the experiences from best practice examples,” said Reinhard Zuba, Group Chief Marketing Officer of Telekom Austria Group. “Our goal is to serve all medium-sized and large clients of Telekom Austria Group with an efficient B2B Video Service that is platform-neutral and thus enables companies to work even more efficiently.”

OVCC members collaborate to provide interoperability between different service providers’ networks, platforms and equipment, removing the biggest barrier to everyday videoconferencing use.

“Our two newest European service providers, Telefónica Global Solutions and Telekom Austria Group, expand OVCC market reach for the potential OVCC compliant service subscriber base,” said Andrew McFadzen, OVCC president. “More OVCC members and more OVCC market reach increase the service options and features available to its members' enterprise customers and brings us closer to delivering video as the new voice.”

More than 20 managed service providers and 14 network service providers join the world’s leading equipment providers to offer enterprise visual communications users a consistent experience with services easy enough to use everyday.

About OVCC Open Visual Communications Consortium creates expansive visual and collaborative communication opportunities to deliver video as the new voice. The groundbreaking OVCC global service delivery network creates the technical and commercial framework for OVCC service providers to deliver consistent visual and collaborative communications experiences to enterprise users across networks, vendors and devices. OVCC members are global video exchange providers, network providers, manufacturers and solution providers dedicated to transforming everyday business communication from simple and reliable audio to simple and reliable video. For more information or to join the Consortium, visit

Open Visual Communications Consortium is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

About Telefónica Global Solutions Telefónica Global Solutions manages globally the multinational, wholesale and roaming business within the Telefónica Group. Global Solutions delivers integrated fixed, mobile and IT services to some of the world’s top multinationals and corporations. It also provides global telecommunication services for fixed and mobile carriers, ISPs and content providers. Telefónica Global Solutions develops an integrated and competitive portfolio for carriers and corporations that include international voice, IP, bandwidth capacity, satellite services, mobility and global solutions, with service reach in more than 170 countries. Global Solutions is a multicultural organization, with more than 1400 employees, working in over 40 countries and speaking more than 15 languages.

About Telekom Austria Group Telekom Austria Group is the leading communications provider in Central and Eastern Europe with 23.7 million customers across its markets of operations. The Group is currently operating in eight countries: Austria (A1), Slovenia (Si.mobil), Croatia (Vipnet), the Republic of Serbia (Vip mobile) and the Republic of Macedonia (Vip operator), Bulgaria (Mobiltel), Belarus (velcom) and Liechtenstein (mobilkom liechtenstein). The total market of the eight countries covers approximately 41 million inhabitants. The Group has more than 16,200 employees as of September 30, 2013; — Group revenues were EUR 4.33 billion as of year-end 2012. Telekom Austria Group’s portfolio encompasses products and services of voice telephony, broadband Internet, multimedia services, data and IT solutions, wholesale as well as m-payment solutions.

OVCC is a trademark or registered trademark of the Open Visual Communications Consortium in the United States, other countries or both. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.


Alisa Pfeil