Coms Launches Video Conferencing Service and Extends Relationship With Polycom

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Coms plc, a provider of internet telephony services to business customers, today launches an innovative video conferencing service based upon the Polycom CX5000 video conferencing phone that was developed in partnership between Polycom and Microsoft.

We are delighted to build upon our successful relationship with Coms. Video Telepresence improves communication within businesses, combined with increased availability of bandwidth and the need to reduce travel costs, video conferencing will be one of the fastest growing sectors of the IP communications market

The Coms Hosted Video Conferencing service combines the Polycom CX5000 Conference Station and Microsoft Live Meeting to provide a unique group voice and video collaboration experience, giving remote participants a 360-degree panoramic view of the conference room and video that automatically tracks the flow of conversation for more productive and efficient meetings.

The Polycom CX5000 enables a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire room to be sent to all far-end participants, providing a continuous view of everyone in the meeting room. In addition, a second video view of the active speaker is also sent, using advanced technology that automatically focuses on the current speaker and tracks the flow of conversation so that the active speaker can always be identified. Both of these video views plus the content being shared are all shown on the same screen for remote participants who are connected to the same Live Meeting session.

The intuitive design with plug-and-play functionality makes it easy to deploy and use the Polycom CX5000 with little or no training. The Polycom CX5000 is a USB device that easily connects to any PC running the Live Meeting. In a conference room, anyone with a laptop PC can simply plug the Polycom CX5000 into their PC and start sharing voice, video, and content with remote participants. The remote participants need no additional equipment, just a computer and a network connection, to join the meeting with panoramic and active speaker video.

As the conference is a Microsoft Live Meeting Session, participants have access to shared notes, white boards, desktops, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, etc, plus the meeting can be recorded.

Jason Drummond (Executive Chairman) said "I believe that the market for low cost video conferencing is going to grow exponentially and the new Polycom video conferencing device will become as ubiquitous as their existing iconic triangular conference phone. Coms's video conferencing service combined with Polycom's CX5000 will generate a new long term recurring revenue stream for the Company."

Glynn Jones (Vice President, EMEA Voice Solutions, Polycom) said "We are delighted to build upon our successful relationship with Coms. Video Telepresence improves communication within businesses, combined with increased availability of bandwidth and the need to reduce travel costs, video conferencing will be one of the fastest growing sectors of the IP communications market".

About Coms Plc:
Coms was founded by Jason Drummond in 2000 with the vision of using the Internet to carry and deliver voice telephone calls. Voice over IP (VoIP) is changing the way consumers and businesses make and receive their telephone calls. Coms offers a low-cost VoIP service that can be combined with services provided by broadband Internet suppliers to make and receive telephone calls. Coms subscribers can make high quality calls over the Internet wherever a high-speed Internet connection is available, including in wireless hotspot as they are allocated their own location free unique user telephone number. Subscription is available in a range of packages. See http://www.coms.com for more information.

Coms is an OFCOM authorised Public Electronic Communications Network (PECN) and a member of the Internet Telephony Service Providers Association (ITSPA).

Coms is listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market (LSE:COMS)

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