BT invades the U.S. unified communications market

BT (NYSE: BT) believes its experience with unified communications (UC) in its homeland UK market could translate well with U.S. business service customers. Initially launched with vendor partner Cisco last December, BT's UC service allows business users to bring converged voice, wireless and data services to their respective company's desktop.

Based on a collaborative effort that combines Cisco's (NasdaqGS: CSCO) Hosted Unified Communications Service platform with BT's Onevoice UCC portfolio, the two companies claim the service will enable both large and small businesses to reduce initial investment costs and accelerate the adoption of UC services.

"The extension of this service to the key U.S. market is an important milestone on the road to globalizing this offer for our customers," said Neil Sutton, vice president, global portfolio, BT Global Services in a release.

While BT's service is still new to the U.S. market and the carrier has not announced any U.S. customers yet, BT's aggressive UC movement and global network reach could potentially resonate with both U.S.-centric and multinational corporations (MNCs) that want to leverage the advertised efficiencies of UC services to connect their disparate locations.      

For more:
- see the release here

Related articles:
BT and Cisco launch global hosted IP unified communications service
BT demonstrates new UC app at VoiceCon
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