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British Telecom Announces New Fixed-Mobile Convergence Service

Posted on 13-May-2006 11:36 | Filed under: News

British Telecom has announced its plans for a new Fixed-Mobile Converged service for large businesses and multi-national corporates both in and outside the UK. This new solution will utilise Wi-Fi as the interface to the fixed network in key locations such as the office, home, and BT Openzone hotspots.

Companies will no longer will be required to have separate mobile, data device, and fixed phone as everything will be possible from a single handset with PBX type functionality at home, in the office and at BT�s Openzone hotspots plus all the benefits of normal mobile.

The new enterprise solution will be part of a suite of services that will offer large businesses the chance to bring their fixed and mobile services together and to run a common set of applications and calling features across an integrated IP broadband network.

BT says this will drive enhanced productivity and a reduction in the cost of communications for customers.

BT will be building the solution over the coming months and will be undertaking live pilot implementations with corporate customers in early 2007. The new service was given the project name �Enterprise FMC�.

The service will link dual mode Wi-Fi / GSM mobile phones to BT�s 21st Century network to enable intelligent routing of calls. By linking information from a user�s calendar, the network will ensure that, for example, if the user is in a meeting, an incoming call will be automatically diverted to voicemail, reverting to normal service when the meeting ends. Alternatively, certain pre-selected callers can be either routed directly to the user or to a pre-specified alternative colleague in the company.

BT has contracted with Alcatel for the development, testing and launch of the new service. BT is in parallel testing a number of different dual mode mobile handsets and discussions are well advanced with these manufacturers on supplies for launch.