CounterPath's Bria Softphones expand interoperability with Vidtel's
MeetMe Video Conferencing
Delivers enterprise-grade video conferencing between room-based systems, executive desktop products, PCs and iOS devices
VANCOUVER, BC, and SUNNYVALE, CA, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The six-figure
upfront cost of video conferencing typically forces small and medium
enterprises (SMEs) to make do with consumer-grade services such as
Google Hangouts or Skype. To further bridge the gap between these
services and expensive telepresence solutions, CounterPath Corporation (TSX-V: CCV) (OTCBB: CPAH) and Vidtel, Inc. today announced interoperability to provide SMEs with an affordable,
high-quality mobile video conferencing alternative.
Interoperability between CounterPath's Bria softphone for PCs and mobile
devices and Vidtel's MeetMe service offers users an affordable cross-platform, multi-standards
based, enterprise-grade alternative to other more expensive services,
without having to make do with unpredictable consumer grade offerings
or purchase new and expensive hardware-based video conferencing
systems. Now small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other businesses
can benefit from cost-efficient, high-quality multi-endpoint video
conferencing that interoperates with the large installed base of
leading room-based systems, executive desktop products, as well as all
versions of Bria for Macs and PCs and the recently updated Bria mobile
for iPhones that now includes video.
Vidtel also becomes the first IVSP (Internet Video Service Provider) to
join the CounterPath Partner Program enabling users to quickly
configure their Bria clients without needing to know more than a few
Interoperability between MeetMe and Bria allows SMEs and other customers
Participate in video conferences from hotel rooms, airports, home
offices, coffee shops, client facilities and other remote locations
with mobile devices.
Enter a video conference room using the already familiar methods of
simply dialing a phone number, PBX extension or SIP address
(eliminating the need to add a contact/buddy or learn the unique
requirements of third-party services).
Achieve high video conference quality by using SIP-based native
interoperability rather than transcoding.
CounterPath's Bria is a carrier- and enterprise-grade application that
enables unified voice and video calling, messaging and presence
management across multiple platforms and endpoints. Vidtel's MeetMe is
a cloud-based service that enables any-to-any video conferencing
between room-based systems, executive desktop video systems, PCs/Macs,
smartphones and tablets using any combination of SIP, H.323, and other
technologies. With Bria installed on PCs or iPhones, MeetMe can be
accessed over the Internet via a wired Ethernet connection, Wi-Fi or
while connected over 3G/4G/LTE or WiMax mobile networks.
Existing Bria customers can begin using MeetMe immediately. Available
through a variety of channels, MeetMe is affordably and predictably priced, with flat rate and per minute plans starting low as $.15 cents per
minute for video participation. Even without a subscription, any Bria
user can participate in video conferences hosted by other Vidtel
"Businesses of every size value the bottom-line benefits of video
communications, including on tablets and smartphones," said Todd
Carothers, CounterPath Senior Vice President, Marketing and Products.
"The interoperability with Vidtel enables CounterPath to meet that need
by providing device- and network-agnostic video conferencing solutions
that are as intuitive as dialing a telephone. Together, we're
liberating businesses from the costs, constraints and uncertainties
that come with video communication services that are ruled by a single
"CounterPath's enterprise-grade softphones are a natural complement to
Vidtel in a smartphone and tablet environment; both companies are
committed to providing SMEs with convenient, cost-effective and
high-quality video communications, " said Scott Wharton, CEO of Vidtel.
"We offer no hidden caveats when it comes to price and
interoperability. This interoperability creates an exciting range of
opportunities for both our companies and our customers, now and in the
Bria for Macs and PCs can be purchased from the CounterPath online store and the Mac App Store, while Bria mobile is available through the iTunes App Store.
Vidtel is the pioneer of any-to-any cloud video conferencing services.
Our easy-to-use service provides compatibility between a diverse set of
business-grade and consumer-grade video endpoints. Vidtel enables even
small and medium enterprises to affordably experience the productivity
of high-quality video conferencing between dispersed employees,
partners, and customers. Vidtel is located in the heart of Silicon
Valley in Sunnyvale, CA.
CounterPath Corporation is an award-winning provider of innovative desktop and mobile VoIP software products and
solutions. The company's product suite includes SIP-based softphones,
server applications and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions that
enable service providers, enterprises and Original Equipment
Manufacturers (OEM) to cost-effectively integrate voice, video,
presence and Instant Messaging (IM) applications into their VoIP
offerings and extend functionality across both fixed and mobile
CounterPath's customers include some of the world's largest
telecommunications service providers and network equipment providers
including AT&T, Verizon, BT (British Telecommunications PLC), Mobilkom
Austria, Avaya, BroadSoft, Cisco Systems, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks
and Mitel. For more information please visit www.counterpath.com.
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