European flight ban boosts video conferencing demand

Video conferencing has seen a boost as business travel has been restricted due to large parts of Europe's airspace being closed as ash from an Icelandic volcano covers the sky. 

Cisco Systems's TelePresence Technology Group head Fredrik Halvorsen said evidence was only anecdotal but continued, "We have seen a huge spike in usage". Some limited flights are beginning to resume in European airspace but the U.K. has warned that their airspace may continue to be closed. 

Chief executive of BT Conferencing, part of British Telecom, Aaron McCormack said the company has seen a 35% increase in demand since the beginning of the disruptions to air travel. Audio conferencing has seen around an 80% increase in comparison to a 20% rise for video conferencing.

Cisco became the world's biggest video conferencing maker on Monday following the closing of its $3.3 billion purchase of Tandberg. It is already the world's biggest supplier of networking equipment. 

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Why dont people video conference more anyway.. it costs less then flying there, hotel costs and such and flying back.

c3ntury said,
Why dont people video conference more anyway.. it costs less then flying there, hotel costs and such and flying back.

who wouldn't want to travel on someone else's payroll? =P

c3ntury said,
Why dont people video conference more anyway.. it costs less then flying there, hotel costs and such and flying back.

the initial cost is heavy for proper video conf equipment. I had to set up some stuff for my work, the higher end stuff costed around 8+ grand and we werent sure how much wed actually use it. Cheaper stuff, like webex, arent too bad however.

Sometimes also, the personal touch is much better.

Why pay 8+ when you can have a video conference with a decent webcam and skype?!?!

Neoauld said,

the initial cost is heavy for proper video conf equipment. I had to set up some stuff for my work, the higher end stuff costed around 8+ grand and we werent sure how much wed actually use it. Cheaper stuff, like webex, arent too bad however.

Sometimes also, the personal touch is much better.

Neoauld said,

the initial cost is heavy for proper video conf equipment. I had to set up some stuff for my work, the higher end stuff costed around 8+ grand and we werent sure how much wed actually use it. Cheaper stuff, like webex, arent too bad however.

Sometimes also, the personal touch is much better.

Exactly, the personal touch.

c3ntury said,
Why dont people video conference more anyway.. it costs less then flying there, hotel costs and such and flying back.

We are building a real video confrence system into our new conference room being built, and I'm not talking cheapo skype here... the High definition systems we are getting are in the 5 figure range... and then if you want to record them and host your own web meetings you are talking thousands more for a storage and streaming server from polycom....