Verizon today unveiled new capabilities for its BlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams. The enhancements are designed to provide better remote meetings for widely dispersed staff.

Verizon Business acquired BlueJeans Network, a cloud-based provider of video conferencing and event presentation services, about a year ago to provide a platform for video conferencing to compete with likes of Zoom and others.

Verizon is also now an early launch partner for Microsoft’s new Operator Connect platform, which creates a direct peering relationship between the Microsoft Teams platform and Verizon’s SIP trunking network.

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The peering relationship is designed to enhance security while providing automation of provisioning and management in an end-to-end telephony solution. The new Microsoft Teams gateway enhancements include:

  • Auto-join: Gateway-enabled room systems can now choose to automatically join Microsoft Teams meetings without the touch of any buttons.
  • 1080p HD video support
  • Video quality enhancements designed to reduce pixilation and improve video refresh rates
  • Calendar Integration in the cloud
  • Skype invitation parsing
  • Spotlight support: This enables conference room participants to see the spotlighted participant on the room screen.

“The pandemic has intensified the need for organizations to have enterprise-grade collaboration solutions for their global workforces to stay connected and work more effectively from every possible environment,” said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Verizon Business president of global enterprise, in a prepared statement. “These latest updates to our advanced communications portfolio, with the BlueJeans Gateway and Microsoft’s new Operator Connect platform, further simplify how enterprises can readily deploy solutions at-scale to streamline connectivity, extract the most value from existing investments, and future-proof collaboration infrastructure to meet the most pressing demands of the hybrid workplace.”

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