eircom and PGi Announce Strategic Alliance Offering PGi’s Video, Web and Audio Conferencing Solutions, Including iMeet® and GlobalMeet®, to eircom Business Customers
April 26, 2012 -
eircom, Ireland’s leading provider of fixed and mobile telecommunications, and PGi (NYSE: PGi), a global leader in virtual meetings whose European headquarters are located in Clonakilty Co. Cork, today announced a new, multi-year strategic alliance.
With this new alliance, eircom will offer PGi’s full suite of video, web and audio conferencing solutions, including iMeet and GlobalMeet, to its business customers in Ireland. iMeet delivers secure, cloud-based video conferencing that enables up to 15 people to meet face-to-face online – anytime, anywhere, from their desktop, tablet or mobile device. GlobalMeet has an easy-to-navigate user interface, requires no software downloads for meeting guests and offers a unique “connect me” feature that automatically calls attendees, making dial-in numbers and passcodes obsolete.
Commenting on the announcement, Peter Smyth, director of marketing & product development for eircom said “eircom is committed to offering the most up to date technology and innovative solutions to our customers. We are delighted to work with PGi who are experts in delivering fully integrated web conferencing and audio conferencing solutions. The new range of products will be of huge benefit to our business customers and will undoubtedly lead to greater efficiencies for them. In today’s business environment where managing time and costs are key, more and more businesses are moving towards web and audio based meetings and our new services facilitate these requirements.”
“We are excited about our new strategic alliance with eircom,” said John Stone, PGi EVP Europe & Managing Director. “eircom has incredible scale and a strong enterprise customer base in Ireland, which is a solid complement to PGi’s deep expertise in the virtual meetings space. Together, we look to provide Irish companies with solutions that help them collaborate in more meaningful ways whilst increasing business productivity.”
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PGi has been a global leader in virtual meetings for 20 years. PGi’s cloud-based solutions deliver multi-point, real-time virtual collaboration using video, voice and file sharing technologies. PGi solutions are available via desktops, tablets or mobile devices, helping businesses worldwide be more productive, mobile and green. PGi has a global presence in 25 countries and an established base of more than 35,000 enterprise customers, including 75% of the Fortune 100™. In the last five years, PGi has hosted more than 725 million people from 137 countries in over 165 million meetings.
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eircom is Ireland’s leading provider of fixed and mobile telecommunications across its three brands – eircom, eMobile and Meteor. The company has approximately 2 million fixed and mobile customers across consumer, business, government and enterprise sectors. eircom has the most extensive fixed-line telecommunications network in Ireland and is one of Ireland’s largest employers with 6,000 staff.
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For further information
Clare O’Riordan, Press Officer, eircom, (01) 600 6360/ (085) 174 6360
Dermot Hurley, Marketing Manager, PGi EMEA +353 23 883 2217
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