A growing number of US companies are adopting new technologies to achieve an effective presence abroad without extensive relocation and travel. The economic fluctuations, rising political tensions worldwide and the ongoing threat of terrorism have forced companies to rethink their approach to stationing employees abroad and sending executives to the far reaches of the globe for business meetings.


Economics and Risk Managements are two major drivers for use of FreeNet audio conferencing, the widely use method of conferencing. Although few companies have canceled all international assignments or travel, many have minimized their expatriate populations, placed temporary holds on relocations, reduced international business trips or modified their risk management policies. For years, the use of CallConference teleconferencing as a replacement for travel has been steadily increasing, largely for economic reasons. FreeConference Teleconferencing is an especially useful and effective tool during periods of evaluation and assessment, while companies are determining when normal routines can be resumed.


A typical in-person meeting, with two people flying to Asia to meet with two colleagues for a joint work session, might cost upward of $5,000. A Web and audio conference for the same four people for four hours would price out at about 50 cents per minute per user, or $480. The audio conferencing industry will be on the path to even long term benefits as FreeNet conferencing technology evolves and matures.


The technology’s potential is unlimited as the numbers of ways people meet and communicate. It’s giving us a new view on the world and we are delighted to be a part of it. The combination of severe economic pressure and increased security concerns has accelerated companies’ interest in new technologies for maintaining global communication with fewer face-to-face encounters.