Confirming something I wrote in SmartPlanet yesterday, Cisco said it is making its Telepresence technology open source.
Divesting ownership of the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol, which links Cisco Telepresence to other companies’ videoconferencing systems, was a condition of its $3.3 billion acquisition of Tandberg, the Norwegian videoconferencing company.
Credit: Cisco Systems Inc.
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) will make the technology available to Cisco competitors. This was a condition for EU approval of the deal, ZDNet UK reports. The TIP code will go under Apache license on July 1, at Sourceforge.
But even if it were not required, open sourcing TIP would be a good idea. The Cisco-Tandberg deal needs to be set alongside last month’s acquisition of 3Com by HP. This makes HP a player in videoconferencing.