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BT Merges Ribbit With Onevoice VoIP Services

BT will integrate Ribbit, the telecommunications company that it acquired back in July 2008, in its Onevoice VPN business solution turning it into an integrated voice system for the corporate market.

Ribbit was bought for $105 million and its main asset was the fact that it offered an open API that allowed developers to integrate advanced voice functionality in a range of services and products ranging from websites to applications.

Onevoice will be rolled out towards the end of the year with a beta Ribbit-ed version of Onevoice made available to a few corporate customers over the next few weeks.

BT Global Services vice president Neil Sutton said in a statement that "Delivering Ribbit to Onevoice customers enables them to start the journey to unified communications and accelerate the adoption of communications applications to the desktop".

Users will be able to use browser-based phones to make calls relying on a bog standard wireless internet access rather than on hotel phones or expensive mobile roaming charges.

In effect, BT just came up with the equivalent of a more resilient "Skype for Business" service that can be rolled out across tens of thousands of clients. Ribbit allows users to use their existing phone numbers unlike Google Voice or indeed Skype.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.