IT infrastructure services company NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Technologies, is targeting to sign-in at least 5,000 virtual conferencing rooms for its pay-as-you-use video conferencing service VCEverywhere, as it aims to make video conferencing more affordable to small and large companies by paying monthly subscription rather than investing in such equipment’s.
On Friday, the Bengaluru-based start-up launched its VCEverywhere, a video conferencing service using cloud technology, that enables enterprises and their employees connect through any device from anywhere, Kalidindi Bhaskar Varma, co-founder at NxtGen Datacenter and Cloud Technologies, said.
NxtGen has tied up with Avaya to use the latter’s Scopia video collaboration platform. Users can connect on a virtual meeting room using their smartphones, tablet or laptop computers and any other internet connected device, irrespective of the internet bandwidth speeds they have, he said.
NxtGen will provide the virtual video conferencing facility for a monthly subscription fee of Rs 3,199 for 10-users to enterprises, and would charge Rs 2499 for every additional 10-users, Varma, who also head of business development and alliances at NxtGen said.
“I am sure even in a small city to call a meeting of even four people, they (companies) spend more than this on taxi or conveyance expenses.”
The pay-as-you-use model will save costs for companies as they would not need to buy video conferencing equipments, which often run into few lakhs of rupees, will reduce the 6-8 weeks time taken for installations, and maintaining it, he said. “This is why very few organisations use video conference since it is cumbersome,” Varma said.
The VCEverywhere launch comes at a time when internet usage is increasing in the country, thanks to the falling prices of smartphones and declining subscription fee for high-speed internet services on 3G, and 4G technology.
NxtGen, was founded in August 2013, by AS Raj Gopal, the former chief executive if Tulip Data Center Services, along with some of his then colleagues. The company provides IT as a platform-as-a-service to enterprises, using its data centers in Bangalore and Mumbai, using cloud technology. NxtGen counts by Intel Capital, Axon Partners and International Finance Corp., a member of The World Bank, that finances and advices for private sector ventures and projects, as among its investors.