MCI announced a new conferencing service that leverages local access numbers across the entire globe. Personally, with VoIP bringing international calls per minute pricing way down, I don't see the need for this. But I suppose a Fortune 1000 company that does a lot of international conference calls with participants in multiple countries could benefit somewhat, especially if all the participants are from your own company. If the participants are customers then all you are doing is saving your customers a buck or two for the cost of the call. I suppose that shows you care about your customers bottom line as well.
Anyway, here's the release:
MCI is introducing a conferencing service that makes conducting global business easier than ever before. The Global Meet Conferencing solution enables international particpants to use only one local number; now there's no more need for users to worry about calling cards or having to deal with multiple numbers. And because it's a local number, and not an international toll number, companies can reduce their phone bill and broaden participation.
Already the number one conferencing provider worldwide (TeleSpan), this announcement further establishes MCI global leadership in conferencing.
While other companies may also offer local numbers, none matches the simplicity and convenience of having one number, one passcode and one bridge.
Below is a press release detailing MCI's new Global Meet Conferencing capabilities. If you are interested in learning more about Global Meet Conferencing or setting up an interview with MCI or an industry analyst, feel free to call me or my colleague Kenneth Li at 312-836-2900.
MCI EXPANDS CONFERENCING SERVICE SUITE CAPABILITIES FOR GLOBAL CUSTOMERS
-- New Global Meet Solution Increases Local Access Points Internationally; Delivers New Service Options for Customers in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and U.S. --
ASHBURN, Va. -- Jan. 4, 2005 - MCI (NASDAQ: MCIP) today introduced its new Global Meet Conferencing solution, delivering more local access phone numbers in international locations to meet the growing requirements of businesses in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the U.S.
With MCI's Global Meet, companies with international locations can take advantage of MCI's expansive global network to conduct audio conferences with clients, colleagues and partners on a global basis.
"Global Meet sets a new standard for making international conference calls more cost-effective and simple," said Phil Knell, MCI Conferencing senior vice president. "MCI customers now have access from an identical set of countries, using local access numbers, regardless of where their conference call originates. For example, an MCI conference call hosted in Japan has the same local access options available on a single conference bridge as those offered from other international bridging locations."
MCI now offers local toll access numbers from 22 countries, providing a cost-effective solution that enables customers to access conference calls from an extensive list of locations. Local toll access countries now include Austria, Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and the U.S.
In addition to its local in-country toll access extension, MCI now also offers in-country freephone (or toll-free) access to its global Conferencing customers from 33 countries, providing one of the most expansive access services available for audio conferencing. The list of access countries now includes Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, North China, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South China, South Koreas, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and the U.S.
The in-country freephone service allows customers to provide country-by-country access numbers to employees, clients and/or partners, enabling them to conveniently join calls at no cost to the participant as costs are only incurred by the leader of the conference call.
Companies benefit from centralized accounting and billing for remote conference call usage by employees and all invited participants.
MCI plans to further expand local toll access and freephone numbers to additional countries throughout 2005. Both access options are available across all regions for MCI Conferencing's Instant Meeting Service. They are also available for attended audio services in the majority of regions and will be available globally by second quarter of 2005.
MCI is the world's largest provider of conferencing services, according to TeleSpan Publishing. Its products include audio, video and Web conferencing and related streaming services, which help organizations worldwide to meet more productively without the time and costs associated with business travel.
MCI, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCIP) is a leading global communications provider, delivering innovative, cost-effective, advanced communications connectivity to businesses, governments and consumers. With the industry's most expansive global IP backbone, based on the number of company-owned points of presence, and wholly-owned data networks, MCI develops the converged communications products and services that are the foundation for commerce and communications in today's market. For more information, go to www.mci.com.