BT has finally embraced hosted voice services, in a realisation of rising business demand for voice over IP.
The telco has long stalled on providing an IP alternative to its old Centrex business, while trying to preserve its revenue from the PSTN.
Three networking companies will fight out a battle in Court over the use of six key local area networking patents.
Enterasys, which makes routers and other LAN products, has issued a lawsuit against its competitors Foundry Networks and Extreme Networks.
The number of competitors to BT in the business market is set to shrink to two.
That is the view of market analyst Ovum, which said that increasing price pressure would cause the altnets and cable companies to consolidate into just two players within five years.
The two cable operators, NTL and Telewest, are expected soon to merge, while Cable & Wireless has been reported to be interested in buying Energis.
Ovum analyst Angel Dobardziev said, “There is certainly a momentum in altnet mergers and acquisitions. Expect to hear of many more in this space: we expect only up to two altnets/cablecos left standing in the UK alongside the fixed incumbent [BT] in five years’ time.”