Cost savings are pushing firms toward video conferencing

News Article - Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:34

Category: Connectivity

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly considering video conferencing solutions because of the cost savings the technology can offer. According to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), as technology evolves - and gets cheaper - the cost of doing things online, like person-to-person communication, falls.

A spokesperson for the organisation told Fierce Enterprise Communications: "I think people are starting to do as much as they can online." They added that while the traditional face-to-face meeting was not a thing of the past, business travel was making way for digital interaction.

Their comments echo recent research by video conferencing specialist Polycom, which showed that the vast majority of teachers would like to be able to access the communications technology so they can have meetings with staff, parents and pupils when face-to-face contact is not possible.

As well as championing video conferencing, the FSB has also been urging the government to avoid the creation of a two-tiered internet, which would have a negative impact on rural businesses.

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