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BT takes Mobile Services for Business into New Era

  • 22 November, 2004 15:52

<p>BT today took its first major step to creating the world’s first fully converged fixed-mobile service by launching its Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) business to the corporate market.</p>
<p>The launch will be marked by a range of new BT mobile services, including a mobile Virtual Private Network service, Business Circle and Conference on Demand, as well as new tariffs to give large and small businesses greater freedom to structure prices according to their needs.</p>
<p>The announcement also marks the start of building BT’s vision for converged services in the business and consumer markets, with plans to introduce a range of future services across fixed and wireless, voice and data networks.</p>
<p>From today, BT will begin marketing and connecting business customers to its new mobile service. All business customers will be account-managed solely by BT, which will be responsible for all marketing, branding, billing and customer service. Network airtime and services will be provided by Vodafone UK, marking the beginning of its new strategic partnership with BT. BT Mobile will extend its service to the consumer market in January.</p>
<p>Steven Evans, CEO of BT Mobile, said: “BT is uniquely placed to deliver a comprehensively-managed experience to business customers. We can draw on expertise in the fixed and mobile markets, as well as emerging mobility services such as Wi-Fi, and our experience of delivering IT and networking services to businesses of all sizes.</p>
<p>“BT Mobile will ultimately offer the world’s first, fully-converged fixed-mobile service, seamlessly bringing together the advanced technologies and networks, whether that’s broadband, wireless broadband or 3G.”</p>
<p>Steve Andrews, BT Group chief of mobility and convergence, said: “Today’s announcement is another important step in our goal to generate around £1 billion of annual mobility and convergence revenues in five years. The UK will deliver a significant portion of that revenue and the establishment of our new partnership with Vodafone UK, who share our vision of converged services, is an important element in delivering this growth. Our relationship with Vodafone UK goes way beyond the normal service provision deals and we are uniquely placed to offer business customers real converged solutions as our plan develops.”</p>
<p>Building on the recent launch of BT-branded BlackBerry handhelds, BT is launching Business Circle, which enables businesses to better manage their communications costs through a mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN). This enables an employee’s mobile device to become an extension of the switchboard, and means calls to company mobiles across the VPN are charged at reduced prices. The new Conference on Demand facility is also now available, allowing conference calls to be managed via a mobile handset. BT will also announce soon that it is to offer its BT Mobile business customers the opportunity to experience BT Openzone Wireless Broadband for a reduced monthly fee.</p>
<p>In its second quarter and half year results to September 30, BT had corporate and consumer post pay contract mobile connections of 305,000 reflecting growth of over 90,000 connections (42 per cent) since June 30, 2004. Turnover from mobility services nearly trebled compared to last year, to £49 million.</p>
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<p>About BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its principal activities include IT and networking services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services.</p>
<p>BT consists principally of three lines of business:
BT Retail, providing fixed and mobile communications services and solutions and IT and networking services to more than 20 million business and residential customers in the UK. It is also a leading UK internet services provider.</p>
<p>BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK to more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers including the provision of broadband, private circuits.</p>
<p>BT Global Services, providing IT and networking services internationally to meet the needs of multi-site organisations with European operations. BT Global Services operates in more than 130 countries and also offers international carrier services.</p>
<p>In the year ended 31 March 2004, BT Group’s turnover was £18,519 million with profit before goodwill amortisation, exceptional items and taxation of £2,013 million.</p>
<p>BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.</p>
<p>For more information, visit www.bt.com/about</p>
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