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Video conferencing

The act of participating in a video teleconference (often known as a video conference).

Video conferencing has in the past been relatively expensive, but prices are now coming down considerably, as it is possible for anyone with a fast enough internet connection to operate a video conference. Sometimes the conferencing takes place over a private network or VPN, which guarantees better performance, but there will be a trend towards running video conferences over the public internet as technology improves.

Video conferencing can be used for

  • conducting interviews
  • holding meetings
  • setting up meetings
  • giving lectures

and has the advantage that it can reduce the need for travel. This can also

Because participants in a video conference may be working in different time zones, care must be taken with the organisation.

Video conferencing can also be used within organisations to provide immediate telepresence[?], using internal LANs as the communications infrastructure.

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