Feeds

BT's unified comm cloud goes global

Invades US, mainland Europe, Asia

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

British Telecom is eying world domination with the expansion of its hosted unified communications services under a new pact with Cisco Systems.

BT will expand its cloud-based IP telephony service into the US, mainland Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in 2010, and into Asia Pacific the following year.

Already available in the UK, the service supplies voice, mobile, and data services to an organization's desktops using a utility-based, per-user pricing model. Cisco will build the underlying infrastructure using its hosted UC products along with third-party hardware and software. Both companies plan to flog the service — although Cisco will likely handle the lion's share due to its the broader reach of its sales force.

The rollout will include construction of two US data centers in Chicago and Manhattan, according to Steve Masters, chief of global convergence propositions at BT Global Services. The US plots are currently under construction, but should be up and running for customers in June, he said.

The Asia Pacific introduction may also arrive sooner than 2011 depending on the success of the service, Masters noted.

BT and Cisco's pitch for their web-hosted IP telephony service is that it provides a lower-risk investment without the initial overhead of an in-house alternative. What with the economy these days, etcetera, etcetera — you get the idea. Plus, because it will be a near-global offering, an international business can use the single system throughout their organization.

Cedrik Neike, Cisco's senior director of services sales in Europe, said that while pricing ranges widely depending on how much it's used and the services bundled in, on average customers can expect to spend around $10-$15 per month per end point.

Masters claims there was no love lost with it's long-time partner Cisco when BT recently announced a UC global video conferencing service pact with Polycom. Cisco has been smitten with video conferencing as of late, and video was conspicuously absent from the telephony plans announced today.

But Masters said that video is a big part of BT's story, and he fully expects the company to deploy video solutions over its Cisco-based platform in the future. He added that Cisco's proposed takeover of the Norwegian video conferencing equipment maker Tandberg will see its long-time relation with Cisco strengthening even more. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey
This Herod network's ace – but crap reception in bullrushes
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality
Oettinger all about the infrastructure – but not big on substance
PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai
First time the cache network has seen drop in use of 32-bit-wide IP addresses
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.