The cellular Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) software provider OnRelay announced today that it has entered into a customer trial agreement with BT Global Services.

This will allow BT to begin on-site trials of OnRelay’s MBX software with a number of UK-based and multinational customers as part of its Unified Communications offering.

OnRelay MBX allows companies to replace some, or all, of their IP desk phones with mobile phones – and removes the need for PBX hardware.
The software works over any public mobile network, anywhere in the world.

Upon completion of these trials, it is expected that the OnRelay solution will join the successful BT Corporate Fusion portfolio.

Malcolm Pilcher, head of voice CPE & FMC at BT Global Services, said the customer trials of OnRelay’s cellular FMC solution reflected BT’s ongoing commitment to addressing the demand for global fixed mobile convergence technologies.

"We see this demand accelerating as our customers look to maximise their existing infrastructure, improve employee productivity and continue their drive to manage and control costs," he said.

Ivar Plahte, OnRelay’s CEO, is confident that mobile PBX is the future – with smartphones increasingly replacing desktop phones to become the sole business phone.

"BT’s evaluation further validates OnRelay’s focus on enabling enterprises to cost-effectively extend Unified Communications to mobile phones," he said.

"2009 will be the year of cellular FMC."

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