BT and Cisco team up to host unified comms

Video: Nick Earle, SVP, Cisco Services, European Markets, discusses the collaboration with BT.

Video: Nick Earle, SVP, Cisco Services, European Markets, discusses the collaboration with BT.

BT has launched a hosted service aimed at large and small companies, which allows them to integrate all their communications media on a single technology platform with global reach.

The service, BT Onevoice, provides unified communications based on Cisco IP telephony products. It allows businesses to bring converged voice, mobile and data services to every desktop in their organisation through a custom Web portal.

BT is offering the service on a utility-based, per-user pricing model, removing capital cost from the corporate communications budget.

Available now in the UK, BT is working with Cisco Services to offer the hosted IPT service in the US and EMEA in 2010, followed by Asia Pacific.

The service was pioneered by BT and the NHS on the NHS's private N3 broadband network. N3 provides more than 1.3 million UK health sector employees with free on-network calls and cheaper mobile phone connections.

BT claimed it is the world's first global offering based on Cisco Hosted Universal Communications services as the platform for collaborative voice communications.

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