Telepresence centre launched in Kenya

Image source: Polycom.Image source: Polycom.Orange Kenya, ESBC, FVC and Sight & Sound Limited have launched a telepresence centre in Kenya

The Orange Kenya Telepresence Centre was launched in Nairobi, where Ahmed Youssef, FVC's general manager for East and West Africa described the solution as "unique" as it allows online meetings to be conducted by users from mobile devices and tablets.

The commercial facility, which will include a Polycom OTX 300 Immersive Telepresence Suite and be hosted at ESBC's business centre in Nairobi, will be used to demonstrate the value of video conferencing to local businesses.

"Communication is an important tool in business and video conferencing facility will allow dynamic enterprises in Kenya to communicate and collaborate with partners around the world, save on time, travel and resources", ESBC CEO, Alex Andrewes was quoted as saying by CIO East Africa.

Andrewes announced that the solution will cost US$295 for the first one-hour meeting and $100 thereafter.

Orange will provide the link to power the solution and has begun upgrading its infrastructure across Kenya by replacing copper cabling with fibre optics. Fibre optic cabling will reduce the costs of the service.

FVC's Kenya office in Nairobi was also launched at the same gathering.

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