Recently, bandwidth has become cheaper, and vendors have found clever ways to compress video transmissions so they do not require wide pipes. Consequently, a videoconferencing session now fits in a few hundred Kbps (something most businesses have at their disposal) rather than the multiples Mbps of bandwidth that were required in the past.
While companies may have previously been interested in videoconferencing technology, many did not want the hassles that come with deploying and managing the videoconferencing infrastructure. Enter cloud-based services, offering SMBs a wide range of videoconferencing options.
On the low end are companies like ooVoo, Skype, Vidyo, and Vivu, whose services can be free. Vendors such as AT&T, BT, Cisco, and Verizon are pushing more sophisticated conferences, which cost about $10 to $50 per user, per month.
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