"On the same day Verizon announced it was planning to launch a hosted unified communications and collaboration service based on Cisco's solution, BT also announced plans to extend its hosted IP telephony service to business customers in the United States. The BT service, initially launched in the UK in December 2009, also allows businesses to bring converged services to the desktop using BT and Cisco's cloud computing-based technologies," writes CurrentAnalysis analyst Larry Hettick on Network World.com.
"BT's hosted IP telephony service is a based on Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services (HUCS) platform and BT's Onevoice UCC portfolio. Neil Sutton, vice president, global portfolio, BT Global Services, said in a statement, 'BT and Cisco's collaboration on this innovative, cloud-based unified communications system helps businesses reduce capital expenditure, enhance communication and introduce productivity enhancing tools. 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'," Hettick writes.
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BT offers IP telephony service in U.S.