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Telstra Europe Launches New Voice and Web-based Conferencing Tools to Lower Communication Costs and Increase Business Efficiency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
006/2006

Telstra Europe Launches New Voice and Web-based Conferencing Tools to Lower Communication Costs and Increase Business Efficiency

London, 16th January 2006, Telstra Europe is today launching a new range of voice and web-based conferencing tools which will enable business users to reduce communication and travel costs and increase collaboration by replacing face to face meetings with virtual interaction.

The service is being sold exclusively through the company’s extensive channel network of over 60 service providers and 50 partners, who, with support from Telstra Europe, will be able to maximise the potential revenue streams in this growing sector. The service is currently being trialled by several service providers in the UK.

The market for web-based conferencing tools has recently gained momentum, ignited by the convergence of audio, data, and video conferencing into one IP solution. Analyst group Gartner claims that business demand for real-time collaboration solutions has been driven by process and productivity improvements, as well as cost reduction.

David Thorn, CEO at Telstra Europe comments, “Although voice and web-based conferencing solutions have been available for a number of years they have been under utilised by UK businesses because of their complexity.”

“Judging by the positive feedback we’ve had from service providers undertaking, our conferencing services are easy to use. We are confident the adoption rate will rise further as more businesses realise the time savings and cost benefits that can be achieved,” he added.

Available 24 hours a day, Telstra Europe’s voice and web-based conferencing tools enable businesses to communicate effectively, wherever they are based.

The voice conferencing service connects two or more locations to one call whilst the web-based conferencing tools enable users to present documents and visual material in real time over the internet while they talk on the phone. Users will also be able to record, playback and arrange transcriptions of their conferences.

Thorn adds, “Voice and web-based conferencing tools provide users with the flexibility to conduct training sessions, hold board meetings remotely or notify clients of new products, quickly and inexpensively. In an increasingly global economy, businesses need to collaborate more effectively, without incurring additional costs. The service also provides our partners with an excellent opportunity to increase their margins.”

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Notes to Editors:
Telstra Europe is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telstra Corporation Limited (ASX:TLS). Operational in Europe for over 14 years, Telstra offers an extensive range of voice and data services including total managed network solutions using Global IP-VPN (MPLS), Internet, ATM, Frame Relay, Private Lines, hosting and co-location services and enhanced voice solutions to medium sized business and multinational corporations in the UK. Additional value added services include fully managed CPE, network reporting, consulting, planning, project management, service tools, which enable customers to monitor and view their network status 24x7 and customer support seven days a week.

Delivering connectivity business solutions, value-added services and complex managed IP solutions, Telstra Europe’s portfolio is complemented by its independently-owned and managed switched network. Switches are located in London, Birmingham and Manchester working alongside 14 co-location points throughout the UK. Additionally, a state-of-the-art, resilient data centre is located in London, Docklands, Cambridge and Sunderland.

Parent company, Telstra Corporation Limited, is a full service global telecommunications company.

About Telstra’s Voice and Web Conferencing

Telstra's Voice and Web Conferencing enables organisations to meet the challenges of running a flexible customer-focused business by keeping people in contact wherever they may be. Benefits include:

* Easy set up
* Connect from two to over one hundred locations
* No need to book a time slot
* Connect from any touch-tone phone, anywhere in the world
* Service available 24/7
* Secure online administration area to change settings and view conference history
* Alert meeting attendees of the meeting start time and access number through our online SMS
facility
* Record and playback meetings
* Operator assistance to help your conferences run smoothly
* One consolidated bill for your entire organisation, broken down by individual account holder

For more information please visit:
http://telstra.co.uk/products-and-services/voice/voice-and-w...