Thursday, January 22, 2015

AT&T's UC Federation Service Connects Lync, Jabber

AT&T launched a new UC Federation service that connects across disparate unified communications (UC) systems, including Microsoft Lync and Cisco Jabber.

Key capabilities include:

  • Connect to supported UC platforms of partners, suppliers and vendors
  • Control which organizations can communicate at the company, group or user level
  • Allow communication methods (like instant messaging) and block others (such as online presence).

"Companies that try to set up UC platforms on their own can face challenges when creating scalable, secure connectivity that meets compliance and support requirements," said Vishy Gopalakrishnan, AVP Big Data and Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "UC Federation from AT&T provides tools to help overcome this challenge by removing the hassle and allowing business teams to connect easily and over a highly securely platform."

Sonus has deployed and trialed AT&T UC Federation and is in the process of a full service rollout.

AT&T said it plans to extend UC Federation beyond IM and presence to include calendar integration and video and voice capabilities later this year. Additional UC platforms may also be supported in the future.