PGi and TeliaSonera Announce New Strategic Alliance Leader in Telecommunication and Broadband Services in the Nordic and Baltic Countries to Resell PGi's Business Collaboration Solutions, Including iMeet® and GlobalMeet® Audio
ATLANTA, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PGi (NYSE: PGI), a global leader in virtual meetings for over 20 years, today announced a new strategic alliance with TeliaSonera, a leading provider of network access and telecommunication services in the Nordic and Baltic countries, to bring PGi's virtual meeting and cloud-based collaboration solutions to TeliaSonera's business and consumer customers in these regions.
"We are delighted to announce our alliance with TeliaSonera," said Boland Jones, PGi founder, chairman and CEO. "As we look to bring our innovative virtual meeting solutions to knowledge workers around the globe, TeliaSonera's deep industry expertise and broad reach in the Nordic and Baltic regions make them an ideal distribution and business partner for us."
Under the terms of this multi-year alliance, TeliaSonera will offer PGi's video, web and audio collaboration solutions to its customers, including: iMeet, PGi's next-generation, social video conferencing solution that enables up to 15 people to meet face-to-face online—anywhere, anytime, from their desktop, tablet or mobile device; and GlobalMeet Audio, PGi's enterprise-class audio conferencing solution.
"Across Europe, we're seeing a growing demand for cloud-based business collaboration solutions," said Marc Beattie, Managing Partner for Wainhouse Research. "Business customers in the Nordic and Baltic regions aggressively adopt new technologies and services, and we believe they will be eager for personal web-based collaboration tools like iMeet and GlobalMeet Audio. PGi's product suite is a good fit for the growing market opportunity, and TeliaSonera's strong telephony presence in the region makes this a solid partnership."
"We know that our customers need to be able to communicate easily, efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner. We believe in being able to offer user-friendly cloud applications like iMeet. It will be a welcome addition to our already strong range of meeting and collaboration services, especially for small and medium-sized business customers who want to avoid investing in complex solutions," said Thomas Johansson, Head of B2B Product Management of TeliaSonera.
About Premiere Global Services, Inc. │ PGi
PGi has been a global leader in virtual meetings for over 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 over 40,000 enterprise customers, including 75% of the Fortune 100. In the last five years, PGi has hosted nearly one billion people from 137 countries in over 200 million meetings. For more information, visit PGi at www.pgi.com.
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