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BT will offer RingCentral's cloud-based comms solution as appetite for cloud-based services increases following the passage of flexible working legislation in the UK

BT will offer RingCentral’s cloud-based comms solution as appetite for cloud-based services increases following the passage of flexible working legislation in the UK

UK telco BT announced it will offer business customers a cloud-based phone platform based on technology developed by RingCentral, a provider of cloud-based unified communications solutions. The move comes as the UK adopts legislation that sees flexible working rights extended beyond parents and caretakers.

BT will market RingCentral’s cloud-based communications platform, which comes with HD video and web conference, as a more flexible alternative to legacy telephony.

“UK businesses are looking for a new generation of solutions to meet the rapidly changing communications needs of their distributed and mobile workforce,” said John Thorneycroft, managing director, commercial and marketing at BT Business.

“RingCentral brings unique cloud solutions with unparalleled ease of use and management, combined with a rich set of capabilities,” he added.

The move will see BT offer the solutions from early 2015 through BT Local Business, its network of independent BT businesses across the UK, and through its dedicated sales team.

David Sipes, Executive Vice President International Business at RingCentra commented: “We are excited to have been selected as the partner of choice by BT, one of world’s best known and most innovative communications services providers. It is further validation of our leading cloud communications platform, as well as our proven ability to work closely with major carriers across the world to address the rapidly evolving needs of their business customers.”

The announcement comes as UK businesses prepare for a steep increase in requests for flexible working, following passage of legislation that extends the right to request such privileges beyond caretakers and parents.

Data from the Office for National Statistics suggests nearly 14 per cent of UK staff have worked from home, and some experts believe the recently passed legislation will prompt more businesses to lean on cloud-based services in lieu of their legacy alternatives due to the flexibility and scalability these afford.

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