NEC and MTS launch a cloud business application store in the Republic of Belarus, with a view to rolling out the service to other CIS countries.
Japan’s NEC and Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) have launched of the first cloud computing business application store for the operator’s subscribers in the Republic of Belarus (see - Explanation: cloud). The software-as-a-service (SaaS) business applications are available via a dedicated web portal. Frederic Vanoosthuyze, VP of Information Technology at MTS, said the Republic of Belarus will be the first CIS country to see the launch of the SaaS services, with more to come:
“The successful implementation of the SaaS project in Belarus is the first step towards large-scale provision of cloud services to MTS Group subscribers.
We see interest in cloud services in the Russian market and we are active on the development of cloud solutions in Russia.”
The new service covers a range of applications including a business accounting service, an application for creating and distributing web adverts for mobile phones, a business PC web-conference service, and an application to facilitate online video-conferences. Following registration, every client can use applications free of charge for the first month, and thereafter on a pay-as-you-go basis.
NEC was responsible for the installation and integration of the SaaS platform with MTS network and billing system. It will also upgrade the solution to offer an increased range of cloud applications before the end of the year. Both partners say the SaaS model will help SMBs to reduce expenditures on IT structure by cutting down on installation, modernization and technical support costs for software.
MTS is not the only operator announcing cloud plans this week. UK-headquartered telco BT unveiled an enhancement to its cloud-based videoconferencing service to allow full global interoperability between a wide choice of manufacturer solutions.
Originally delivered by BT in 2010 as a managed service for customers, this new enhancement increases the range of devices that can be used in meetings – from telepresence suites to mobile devices, enterprise desktop units and web cameras. The service supports the industry’s major standards – SIP, H.323 and H.320.
Richard Lowe, CEO of BT Conferencing, says the service has more than 50,000 registered conferencing sites around the world:
“Organisations can now connect to different video endpoint technology both within and outside of their enterprise, giving them the advantage of meeting with whomever they wish, regardless of where they are. By extending the reach, quality, and effectiveness of communications, we are offering a real alternative to how organisations collaborate with colleagues, customers, suppliers, and partners by helping drive productivity, lowering carbon emissions, and reducing travel costs thereby transforming business.”
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