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Unify and BT to Jointly Deliver Unified Communications Solutions in Key Markets

BT Adds OpenScape to its Unified Communications and Collaboration Portfolio

LONDON and MUNICH, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Addressing strong customer demand for integrated and collaborative infrastructure and applications and building upon a track record of customer success, Unify and BT today announces a new multi-country enterprise agreement.  The agreement makes it easier for customers in the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany to realise the productivity and cost-saving benefits of a joint solution offering. In the UK, focus will be on the government and healthcare sectors.

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Under the terms of the agreement, BT will add Unify's OpenScape suite of products and services to its enterprise offering, combined with BT's networked IT expertise and professional services capability.  The companies also announced that BT will join Unify's award winning 'Go Forward' partner program. 

OpenScape is a Unified Communications and Collaboration solution which provides a suite of voice, mobility, video, web conferencing, chat, messaging and presence applications aimed at simplifying the complexity and management of IT systems and improving business performance.

With this agreement, BT and Unify formalise a successful relationship that has already demonstrated value for private and public sector customers. These include leading businesses and public sector organisations across Europe, who rely on OpenScape to deliver unified communications and collaboration solutions to their employees.

"This agreement with BT places the customer at the forefront of our business and our thinking," said Trevor Connell, Managing Director, West Region, Unify. "Together with BT, we are ensuring that customers have ready access to the best in tailored unified communications and collaborations solutions to support their flexible business needs. Combining our OpenScape portfolio with BT's network capability and market reach has already delivered value to customers, and our new relationship enables us to build on this success."

"Unify's OpenScape will enhance the breadth of services which we deliver to our customers, and we're excited to strengthen our relationship with Unify in the unified communications market," said Andrew Small, Vice President Unified Communications and Customer Relationship Management (CRM), BT Global Services. "Virtual working, unified communications and the use of collaboration tools are now a crucial part of our working lives and our new agreement with Unify ensures that we will continue to meet our customers' needs with the best technology and expertise available."

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

For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group's reported revenue was £18,103m with reported profit before taxation of £2,315m.

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. 

For more information, visit www.btplc.com

About Unify
Unify—formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications—is a premier communications software and services firm. Our solutions unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens AG, Unify builds on this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications solutions for approximately 75% of the Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG.

This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Unify's management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Unify does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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