DC10-327 December 16th, 2010
BT provides the link for Microsoft Lync
BT today announced it has certified its converged communications platform, BT Onevoice, with the Microsoft Lync 2010 Office communications server. By combining BT’s global voice and video services with Lync, business customers will have a suite of collaboration tools which delivers advanced capabilities and significant cost savings.
By supporting Lync within BT’s global IP network, customers gain access to the latest telephony, instant messaging, conferencing and presence software from Microsoft Corp. in a secure and fully-managed basis. They can then benefit from BT’s end-to-end experience in providing business-grade voice, video and unified communications, with higher quality of service levels, network performance management, and continuous maintenance.
BT has launched Lync-based managed services in the UK and will be coming soon to the USA, with other regions to follow throughout 2011. BT Onevoice, Microsoft Lync and BT’s wider collaboration portfolio also play an integral role in BT’s Asian expansion plans with multiple new launches planned for 2011.
In addition, all of BT’s corporate voice services are eligible for its Accumulate discount structure delivering a highly competitive range of tariff and billing options.
Neil Sutton, Vice President, Global Portfolio, BT Global Services, said: “We are very proud of the relationship we have built with Microsoft, this is yet another example of how BT customers can benefit. The combination of BT’s commercial flexibility, voice solution expertise, and the accredited SIP solution qualified for Lync provides an end to end solution. These innovations confirm BT’s goal to reposition telephony services as true applications and deliver high quality global solutions with predictable and flexible commercial packages.”
“We are delighted that BT Onevoice has successfully completed the SIP Trunking qualification for Lync,” said Kirk Gregersen, senior director of product management, Microsoft Lync. “Lync customers on the BT Onevoice network have the potential to unlock the full potential of the Lync platform by leveraging BT’s global coverage and capabilities.”
This latest initiative follows the recent announcement that BT had launched BT Onevoice SIP trunking, which connects domestic voice services with BT’s global Onevoice network. BT also recently launched a committed savings offer in June, which delivers average savings of 25 per cent when customers switch their voice communications to the BT Onevoice platform.
Notes to Editors
SIP is a signalling protocol which underpins a Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC) network infrastructure. It has the capability to manage additional communications other than voice over the IP Trunk, e.g. Instant Messaging, Application Sharing, Video, and Presence etc. It is anticipated that SIP will ultimately replace the current H323 VOIP Protocol.
Microsoft Lync is the name for the next generation of Microsoft Corp.’s real-time communications products for business (the next release of Microsoft Office Communications products – Office Communications Server, Office Communicator and Office Communications Online) which replaces Office Communication Server R2.
SIP trunking enables a customer to use their PBX to take advantage of their investment in IP-enabled telephony. Voice over IP (VoIP) can be used to make and receive calls from the Public Switched Telephony Network (PSTN), over a customer’s existing IP network. SIP trunking provides access to new audio, IM, presence and video capabilities beyond the enterprise. SIP trunking is already available in the UK.
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