BT to open phone network to third-party apps

Plan to compete with Internet

BT is to open its phone network to software developers, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal, which quotes the president and CEO of the telco's BT Global division, Alfred Mockett. BT's goal is to persuade companies to build interactive services on its phone network rather than on the Internet. It hinges on systems developed by Microsoft and Siemens that provide access to the network while maintaining its security, the WSJ added. ®

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