MIDDLE EAST – 19 October 2008 – Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the
global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a
visionary in communications, has announced plans to set up an office in
Dubai as its Middle East headquarters. The Middle East office,
scheduled to be operational in November 2008, will have a team of
people focusing on market development activities in the region,
supporting its local distributor, FVC and global partners like Nortel. 

"In the current global financial scenario and in view of the soaring
travel costs, the adoption of our unified collaboration solutions
worldwide has gone up," said Steve Leyland, Vice President, Polycom
EMEA. "We have a commitment to this region. While we will continue to
rely on our partners to maintain strong presence in all the markets in
the Middle East and North Africa region, our presence is necessary to
boost our market share of the growing video and voice market in the

As the player with the industry’s broadest collaboration solutions
range and an expanding voice portfolio, Polycom telepresence solutions
support virtually any environment with fully interoperable,
standards-based solutions from personal telepresence for the desktop;
room telepresence for conference rooms; specialised solutions for
vertical applications; custom integrated-rooms; and immersive
telepresence solutions that make people feel like they are in the same
room as people in other locations. It’s high definition (HD)
telepresence solutions helps reduce travel while increasing
productivity – saving high out-of-pocket costs and eliminating the
opportunity cost of being on the road. This in turn achieves carbon
emission reductions, a growing concern throughout the world.

Polycom has been present in the Middle East through its partners for over eight years.

To see Polycom’s technology in action and understand how it will impact
businesses across the region, Polycom will be offering journalists a
special opportunity at Gitex 2008 for live demonstrations with virtual
interviews at both FVC and Nortel stands.

Note to editors:

Companies choose Polycom for solutions that allow even geographically
dispersed workforces to communicate more effectively and productively
over distances. Using Polycom voice, video, and telepresence products
and services, people connect and collaborate with one another from
their desktops, meeting rooms, class rooms, and mobile settings.
Working with Polycom standards-based "green" technology, our customers
cut the time and costs associated with gathering the right people in
one place to solve problems. Instead, their teams more easily and
quickly collaborate "face-to-face" wherever they are, better spending
organisational resources, time, and energy addressing companies’
business challenges.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) is the global leader in telepresence,
video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that
empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Please visit
www.polycom.com for more information. 

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