BT to launch Internet instance conferencing facility By Linda Leung BT is piloting an Internet-based audioconferencing facility that requires no pre-booking. Billed as a 'do-it-yourself' service, BT Conference Call Instant allows users to pre-select relevant telephone numbers themselves insteading of having to book slots in advance with BT operators.
The company has been trialling the facility internally for three months. Users pre-program groups of contact telephone numbers on BT?s dedicated Internet page and instruct BT Conference Call Instant to set up the call. The same procedure can be followed with ordinary telephones.
Andy Pearce, business manager for BT conference call services, said the new service is aimed at groups of people who regularly get together. ?Obvious applications could be crisis management, where groups of people need to be in a conference call immediately. If their numbers are pre-programmed they would have on demand conference call," he said.
With BT?s existing Conference Call Audio service users need to arrange calls and times with BT operators.
Conference Call Instant will be able to handle groups of up to 10 people and will be available from June. BT has yet to set tariffs but its existing Conference Call Audio costs 12p per line per minute.
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