2014

BT Achieves Cisco Master Unified Communications Specialization in the U.S. Designation Recognizes Channel Partners with Highest Level of Unified Communication Expertise, Lifecycle Services and Success in Sales

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- BT announced today it has achieved the Cisco® Master Unified Communications Specialization in the U.S. This specialization recognizes BT as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated applications-based Cisco Unified Communications solutions.    

"We are honored to be among the handful of U.S. companies to receive this distinction from Cisco," said Michael Boustridge, president, BT Global Services, Multi-National Corporations.  "BT's commitment to further develop our expertise in Unified Communications (UC) will enable us to continue successfully delivering integrated, multiple UC solutions and applications integration in areas such as contact center, unified messaging, rich media, mobility and presence solutions to our MNC customers."

"To help turn the promise of Unified Communications into a strategic advantage, customers are demanding an enhanced set of skills and capabilities from channel partners," said Richard McLeod, director of unified communications for worldwide channels at Cisco.  "BT's achievement of the Master Unified Communications Specialization ranks them among the industry's elite."

To achieve the Master Unified Communications Specialization, resale channel partners must first attain the Advanced Unified Communications Specialization.  Partners must then meet stringent requirements that demonstrate their master-level sales, technical, and services capabilities.  Furthermore, master specialized partners must possess a number of Cisco and industry-standard technical certification requirements, provide customer references that document Cisco-prescribed design and deployment capabilities, and show evidence that they have the infrastructure to support a full menu of Lifecycle Services offerings and capabilities.

More information regarding the Master Unified Communications Specialization can be found at: http://www.cisco.com/web/partners/program/specializations/ucom/master/index.html.

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, and then validates their skills through a third-party audit.  Cisco resale partner certifications — Select, Premier, Silver and Gold — represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner's ability to deliver integrated networking solutions.  Cisco resale partner specializations — SMB, Express, Advanced and Master — reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies.  Cisco master specializations provide BT access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.

About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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