BT to launch convergence service next year

BT today announced a new fixed-mobile convergence service for large organisations which will be avaliable in Australia next year.

The new service, dubbed BT Corporate Fusion, will enable organisations to take advantage of fixed-mobile convergence and their increasing deployment of IP telephony and WiFi coverage.

BT Global Services CEO Andy Green, said the new service will reduce the complexity of communications, improve productivity and reduce GSM call costs. While the service isn't slated to reach Australian shores until next year, it is currently being trialled in the UK by Leeds City Council (LCC).

Employees involved in the trial will use a dual-mode mobile phone that incorporates both regular GSM and additional WiFi connectivity.

Within the Council's premises, calls made from these mobile phones are connected via WiFi access points and are routed over existing fixed-line infrastructure.

Outside the office the device works like a regular mobile phone with global roaming on GSM.

The service will initially be launched in the UK and Italy in early 2007, followed by a phased international roll out in Australia, Germany, Spain and France later on in the year.

BT announced in May a relationship with Alcatel to develop a hosted variant of the BT Corporate Fusion service.

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