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Web conferencing is now everywhere, but the journey from concept to reality has been a long one – here is the complete history of unified communications
In this infographic we take a look at the history of unified communications; from the very first public video calling service in Germany in 1936 all the way through to the launch of high definition video conferencing tools such as Skype or Facetime and glimpse into what the future holds for seamless, unified, communications. Discover the complete history of unified communications here.
Twelve Key Stages in the History of Unified Communications
the remote workforceThe connected business:
12key stages in the
history of Unified
48,000bps, $100 per hour, 4G and BYOD
Remote conferencing is everywhere – but that smartphone in your pocket is just the
latest development in a very long journey.
Here’s the complete history of unified communications:
First public video calling
service launched in
Germany by Gegensehen-
Hardwired video-phone booths allow people in
Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Munich
to talk for 20p per minute – about 1/15th of a
$160 per month per fixed end
point for businesses in the
downtown Pittsburgh area. The
system only transmits pictures.
system costs $80,000
and line fee drops to
$100 per hour. Still
only good for point-
CU-SeeMe video calling
software launches on
later ported to Windows with audio.
Caltech-CERN builds the Virtual
Room Video conferencing
linking several global scientific communities.
Hi Definition Video
with Skype, Google Hangouts
and Apple FaceTime dominating
the consumer sector and
solutions like Skype for Business,
formerly Microsoft Lync, serving
business needs. 4G and BYOD
make video conferencing any
place, any time a reality.
The growth of BYOA - Bring Your Own App - for business applications will
create a ‘shadow IT’ scenario as employees bypass the IT department and
choose the apps they need to do their jobs.
Improved multi-participant calling that takes advantage of improved
bandwidth available from 5G mobile networks.
3D video conferencing tools that use holographic projection to give the
impression of being physically present at meetings.
Unified Communications are becoming essential to businesses who need to maintain relationships with
remote clients and employees. Unified communications:
Allows you to read the body
language of your colleagues,
pick up on non-verbal cues
and use this information to
really drive your pitch home.
Experience the benefits of
face to face communications
in building your business
products and ideas visually in
a way that is impossible with
other communications tools.
4K video calling as standard, even to mobile devices, provides
So what is the future of unified communications?
World’s Fair debut
UHF/VHF links connect two
people using traditional TV
IBM launches a 48,000bps video
conferencing link between their US and
Commercial Labs offers
first “public” service
costs $250,000 for the hardware
plus $1,000 per hour for hard line use
Inter-office calling costs $20,000 with line
charges set at just $30 per hour.
Microsoft NetMeeting launches
offers “free” video and audio conferencing for Windows
a reality for
Find out why unified communications
should be an integral part of your business
operations, and how the technology can
boost your profits by downloading
beyond the remote
the remote workforce
The connected business: