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 Miami, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- South Florida businesses can take

advantage of a comprehensive approach to video communications services with AT&T's announcement today of new products, services and an organization dedicated to the video networking needs of business customers worldwide.
 The company said the announcement reinforced the company's statements earlier this month that it intends to be a leader in the rapidly growing visual communications market. For international businesses headquartered in cities like Miami, this holds even greater significance.
 "The science fiction era of visual communications is over," said Robert M. Kavner, group executive for AT&T's Communications Products division. "AT&T is ready to make visual communications a business reality for companies all over the world."
 To that end, the company said it has formed dedicated sales and service teams -- Global Business Video Services and Global Business Video Systems -- who are partnering to provide customers with end-to-end video applications that include connections to its PBX systems and worldwide communications network, as well as video systems and a full range of design, installation and maintenance options for equipment and services.
 Beginning Jan. 30, both network and equipment customers can call 1-800-VIDEO GO for help with the design, implementation and administration of cost-effective video solutions, the company said.
 "We are the only PBX vendor with a dedicated team of experts who not only support our video products, but also help customers implement and manage their entire video operation, end to end," said Allen Rehert, general manager of the new AT&T Global Business Video Systems.
 Highlighting today's announcement is the AT&T Group Video System. The first in a new line of video communications products designed for business applications, the system is compact, mobile and easily plugs into any room made "video-ready" with the simple addition of a video outlet, the company said.
 At the heart of AT&T's Group Video System is the PictureTel System 4000(TM) family of videoconferencing products developed for use worldwide by PictureTel Corporation.
 "PictureTel is the market leader in dial-up videoconferencing systems -- the fastest-growing segment in visual communications," said AT&T's Rehert. "And this product line is a natural fit for our customers."
 With AT&T's Group Video System, setting up a videoconference is as easy as making a telephone call. A user simply enters the number -- or a pre-programmed speed-dialing code -- on the system's keypad. The system is connected, via the video outlet, to the switch which dials the call.
 The AT&T Group Video System can connect to AT&T digital PBXs or directly to the network and it has no special power or wiring requirements.
 "PictureTel is pleased to have this opportunity to strengthen our relationship with AT&T," said Robert F. Mitro, vice president, marketing and sales for PictureTel. "This agreement extends our videoconferencing room market coverage and will enhance support for our rapidly expanding base of multinational customers."
 AT&T also announced that it has added a new network-based service option to its recently expanded Global Business Video Services offer. The new dedicated bridge option offers customers full non-blocking, multi-point bridging capability, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for a fixed monthly charge.
 Customers can select three or six bridge ports and one-, two- or three-year terms, allowing cost savings for moderate as well as high-volume users.
 "This new option, coupled with our partnership with Global Business Video Systems and strong co-marketing relationships with leading equipment vendors, demonstrates AT&T's commitment to provide the best and most complete videoconferencing solutions in the world," said Glen Riggin, general manager, AT&T Global Business Video Services.
 AT&T said its Global Business Video Services offers a wide range of capabilities for both domestic and international videoconferencing applications, including the use of different codes, AT&T services and transmission speeds on the same videoconference.
 In addition, the group has established the AT&T Video Center, a dedicated facility in Atlanta, where AT&T engineers, monitors and provides customer service for its various offerings worldwide.
 Under AT&T's current offering, any of the following services can be interconnected on the same video call: ACCUNET Switched Digital Services, Software Defined Data Network Off-Net Service, Switched Digital International Service, ACCUNET Reserved Digital Service, and International ACCUNET Reserved Digital Service.
 The dedicated bridge option from Global Business Video Services incorporates multi-point bridging capabilities from various vendors, including PictureTel's M-8000 Multi-point Bridge System.
 AT&T's dedicated bridge option will be generally available Feb. 7. Monthly charges for three ports will be $4,500 for a one-year term, $4,000 for a two-year term and $3,600 for a three-year term. Monthly charges for customers choosing six ports will be $8,600 for a one-year term, $8,100 for a two-year term, and $7,700 for a three-year term.
 A standard configuration of the AT&T Group Video System, generally available March 30, starts at $25,000.
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