AT&T has launched “AT&T UC Federation,” a service that allows suppliers, partners and customers to communicate across different networks. AT&T UC Federation was created in AT&T Labs and it supports a range of UC platforms, including Microsoft Lync and Cisco Jabber.
Features include the ability for users to communicate via instant message and view the online presence of other users as if they are all on the same UC platform. IT managers can also enable some features and block others. AT&T plans to include calendar integration and video and voice capabilities later this year; additional UC platforms may also be supported in the future. AT&T is currently offering a free 90-day trial for UC Federation for up to 25 users.
Commenting in a statement on the service, Vishy Gopalakrishnan, AVP Big Data and Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions said, “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. 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.”