Citrix Establishes Strategic Partnership with Shanghai Telecom
Award-Winning GoToMeeting Available with Local Language and Support in China
SHANGHAI & SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Citrix today announced a partnership with Shanghai Telecom to offer its flagship web conferencing and online meeting tool, GoToMeeting with HDFaces, to customers in China. Shanghai Telecom will package the award-winning GoToMeeting with their services to offer customers a new compelling, simple and powerful collaboration service.
Citrix GoToMeeting with HDFaces delivers seamlessly integrated high-definition group video and audio for a natural, real-time, face-to-face web collaboration experience. The service enables anyone with an Internet connection and either a Mac or PC to host, attend and participate in an online meeting. GoToMeeting is also available as a free app for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, enabling people to easily join online meetings from any location with their mobile devices.
"The addition of GoToMeeting to Shanghai Telecom's market-leading communications solutions provides customers with a simple-to-use, real-time collaboration tool that offers a great customer experience and improves team productivity," said Brett Caine, SVP and GM for the Online Services Division at Citrix. "At Citrix, we have long believed that work is no longer a place we go but a thing we do, and tools that enable teams - regardless of location - to meet and work collaboratively are essential for business success. By partnering with Shanghai Telecom, we will bring these capabilities to a large and growing workforce seeking simplicity, value and business success."
China Telecom, the parent company of Shanghai Telecom, is China's major telecommunication operator and a Top 500 Global Corporation.
"The collaboration market in China is set for huge growth in the next five years," said Fujie, general manager, China Telecom Shanghai Ideal Information Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. "Our workforce is looking for new, powerful ways to meet and share information in China and overseas. The partnership with Citrix allows us to provide customers with a leading web conferencing solution that is a great complement to our existing communications portfolio."
GoToMeeting will be sold by Shanghai Telecom under the name of Huiytong starting in October 2012. Customers will be able to conduct unlimited online meetings for up to 25 attendees for one low fee per month. GoToMeeting can be downloaded quickly and easily in China at www.meetingnow.cn. All other global customers can sign up at www.gotomeeting.com.
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About China Telecom
Established in 2002, China Telecom is an extra-large state-owned telecom operator in China and a global partner of Shanghai World Expo and Guangzhou Asian Games, and has been ranked among the "Top Global 500 Corporations for many consecutive years". It mainly provides the integrated information services including the fixed-line telephone, mobile service, Internet connection and applications services.
China Telecom has subsidiary companies in 31 provinces (municipal and autonomous regions) and branches in the Americas, Europe, Hong Kong and Marco, with its communications network covering the whole country of China and reaching every corner of the world. It has built the world biggest CDMA 3G network, with its earliest commercial services in China. Now, China Telecom is capable of providing all telecom services and multiple convergent services and sales channels.
China Telecom has two holding companies, "China Telecom Corporation Limited" and "China Communications Services Corporation Limited", with the operation structure of main business and sideline business which came into being with both companies listed on the public stock market. In 2002, China Telecom Corporation Limited was listed in New York and Hong Kong, while China Communications Services Corporation Limited went public in 2006 in Hong Kong.
Since the year of 2004 when China Telecom made the strategic decision for transformation from the traditional basic telecom operator to an integrated information services provider, China Telecom is developing in a steady and healthy manner by promoting the integrated information services and other non-voice service, and by intensifying the precise management and optimal resource allocations. Especially after the telecom system restructuring in 2008, and obtaining the mobile business license and 3G service license in 2009, China Telecom has successfully turned itself into a mobile service market player and realized the good beginning of development in all services by vigorously promoting innovation strategy and differential development strategy to attract customers.
About Shanghai Telecom
Shanghai Telecom Co., Ltd. was officially established on November 18, 2002. On January 28, 2008 it changed its name to China Telecom Corporation Limited Shanghai Branch. It is an overseas listed subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation Limited also known as China Telecom Shanghai Branch. It mainly provides the integrated information services including the fixed-line telephone, mobile service, Internet connection and applications services.
While focusing on the informatization and innovation strategy, China Telecom Shanghai Branch is dedicated to the construction of urban optical network and leap-forward development of 3G services and has continued to take the lead in communications in Shanghai. It has, for many successive years, achieved the highest growth rate of revenue in the Group, and is ranked first in accomplishing each index for transformation.
Now, China Telecom Shanghai Branch has the largest LAN in China Telecom. By the end of 2010, it had made it available to more than 17.8 million users the integrated information services in an all-around way, and enjoyed a more than 50% share in China's international telephone switch services. Shanghai has become a city with the largest number of fixed-line, broadband and IPTV users, as well as with the inland largest export traffic of international communication.
About Ideal Co., Ltd.
China Telecom Shanghai Ideal Information Industry (Group) Co., Ltd was established in 1999, and in September 2003, Shanghai Ideal Information Industry Group was formed. With the former as its core, the Group owns several holding subsidiaries, with more than 100 million yuan worth assets, which make it one of the IT enterprises with the largest investment in Shanghai. With more than 500 key employees in the parent company currently, of which 80％ have obtained a bachelor's degree or above, and more than 50% are engaged in software development, it is a typical "knowledge-intensive" enterprise.
Focusing on services such as network system integration, application software integration and software R&D, it has always been dedicated to the development of IT industry in China, and now it is striving to build the brand "Ideal", and establishing its role as a service provider of ICT based on the integration of telecom and IT industry, so as to provide a full range of professional application integration services for, businesses and households.
Citrix (NAS: CTXS) transforms how businesses and IT work and people collaborate in the cloud era. With market-leading cloud, collaboration, networking and virtualization technologies, Citrix powers mobile workstyles and cloud services, making complex enterprise IT simpler and more accessible for 260,000 organizations. Citrix products touch 75 percent of Internet users each day and it partners with more than 10,000 companies in 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2011 was $2.21 billion. Learn more at www.citrix.com.
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