Tata Communications plans to launch 20 new telepresence centres worldwide, reports Business Standard. This would bring the total number of telepresence centres operated by the company to 32, up from the existing 12. With costs of setting up a centre ranging between $200,000 to $500,000, Tata Communications' plans are expected to require an investment of up to $10 million. But that may well be money well spent in an industry that has shown consistent double digit growth for the last few years and is projected generate $600 million in annual equipment revenue worldwide which could shoot up to $1.5 billion annually with services included, as per a report (pdf, 1MB) published by Gartner in 2008. But the Gartner report identified challenges for the telepresence business as well. For immersive telepresence, which the Tata-Cisco combination provides: -- high bandwidth requirements: immersive telepresence…
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