SPRINT CARRIES FIRST PUBLIC VIDEOCONFERENCING LINK FOR CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY; SPRINT EXECUTIVE TESTIFIES
SPRINT CARRIES FIRST PUBLIC VIDEOCONFERENCING LINK
FOR CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY; SPRINT EXECUTIVE TESTIFIES
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint's videoconferencing technology allowed witnesses from around the country and overseas to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives at a hearing on "The Power of Videoconferencing: Changing the Way We Do Business."
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing brought representatives of commercial videoconferencing users General Electric Company (GE), Boeing Company and Compression Labs Inc. (CLI), as well as Sprint, to testify about the technology's effectiveness and cost efficiency. The video link allowed company officials to testify from GE sites in Paris, France and Waukesha, Wis., from Boeing headquarters in Seattle, Wash., and CLI headquarters in San Jose, Calif. Sprint Video Group Vice President and General Manager Tony Jatcko testified from the hearing room in Washington.
The link was the first multipoint videoconference provided by a public telecommunications carrier for the committee.
All corporations testifying are videoconference service customers of the Sprint Video group, which operates the Sprint Meeting Channel, the world's largest videoconferencing network with more than 1,000 rooms in more than 30 countries.
Jatcko addressed the increasing ubiquity of videoconferencing technology in today's workplace. He noted that videoconferencing is now the fastest growing portion of the communications industry, "expected to grow fourfold from annual sales of $250 million today to $1 billion by 1995."
Jatcko attributed this growth to the market's increasing awareness of the benefits of videoconferencing. "Customers have discovered that videoconferencing expands the number of people that can be involved in team projects, shortens the time frame for decision-making, leads to greater productivity and enhances intra- and inter-organizational communications," he said.
He cited the examples of the aerospace and computer industries, which use the technology to communicate with their regional offices and vendors around the world, and distance-learning applications used by universities and colleges worldwide.
Sprint provided video transmission for the hearing via the Sprint Meeting Channel network, which provides reservations-based services and a wide range of transmission options -- from 56 kbps dial-up access to dedicated wideband 768 kbps videoconferencing. The Sprint Meeting Channel also provides "gateway" services for multipoint videoconferences between parties with incompatible videoconferencing equipment as well as engineering, technical and equipment sales support.
For today's hearing, a CLI Gallery modular videoconferencing room at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill was linked directly into the Sprint Meeting Channel overlay network via a T-1 high-speed circuit to a Sprint Point of Presence (POP). From there, the all-digital signal was sent to the Meeting Channel switch in Atlanta and paired with incoming signals from the other four sites.
Video teleconferencing is one of the six services included in the FTS2000 contract, the government's advanced, cost-effective communications network awarded 40 percent to Sprint (Network B) and 60 percent to AT&T (Network A) in 1988. The General Services Administration (GSA) is currently sponsoring a beta test on the Sprint network that allows both Network A and B agencies to use videoconferencing in their operations from 12 government sites nationwide. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also conducted a trial usage of videoconferencing on the Sprint network to 12 sites nationwide.
Sprint expects growth in government usage to mirror its popularity in the commercial sector.
Sprint is a unit of United Telecommunications Inc. (NYSE: UT), a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.7 billion in revenues. Sprint, with the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network, provides a comprehensive array of global voice, data and video communications products and services.
/NOTE: Sprint Meeting Channel is a service mark; CLI Gallery is a trademark./
/CONTACT: Steve Dykes, 202-828-7435 or, after hours, 703-242-1769, or Angela Peacock, 202-828-7415 or, after hours, 301-564-4984, both of Sprint/
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