BT hits 21CN, voice convergence hurdles

Light Reading Europe reports that U.K. telco BT is slowing its 21st Century Network project and has pulled a wholesale converged voice offering because it couldn't make the economics of the service work in its favor. The company has denied that broader voice platform migration plans are threatened by the rescindment of the offering. BT has had a tough time financially over the last year, and has been perceived to be tightening 21CN spending at least once before.

In this case the biggest loser reportedly could be vendor Sonus Networks, which was providing a key VoIP network application to BT in hopes of landing bigger deals in the future. But that may not happen, as BT may be re-thinking elements of its next-generation voice blueprint, LRE says.

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