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									                                                                        16 April 2009


                 MiCTA awards BT Conferencing its highest accolade

BT Conferencing, the conferencing and collaboration services division of BT, has
been awarded national endorsed vendor status for the Video Integration Services
contract by MiCTA, a national non-profit technology consortium. The contract will
run through 2012 and provides BT with the highest recognition awarded by MiCTA.

MiCTA is an association made up of non-profit organizations, colleges, universities,
K-12 schools systems, federal state and local governments. The contract allows BT to
provide video, audio and web conferencing solutions and services to MiCTA
members at competitive prices, thus relieving the costly and time-intensive RFP

The RFP process was highly competitive and followed standard public procurement
guidelines. BT was chosen by MiCTA based on its 20-year history of providing a
complete conferencing portfolio that encompasses a wide range of video, audio and
web conferencing solutions, along with product hardware. In addition, BT was able to
satisfy MiCTA’s strict contract-award policies of fiscal reporting, customer
references, broad geographical coverage, service offerings, breadth of product
offering and overall customer value.

As part of its contract, BT Conferencing will be offering a wide range of products and
services, including: direct equipment and services; custom video integration services;
consulting and professional services; managed services; design services;
programming services; video streaming; audio and web conferencing and a broad
range of training.
Jeff Prestel, General Manager of BT Conferencing's Video Business Unit, said: "In
today’s economic climate, all organizations need to make the most out of their
resources. Our video conferencing offering is second to none when it comes to
helping people collaborate, make decisions quickly and save time and money while
still reducing a company’s carbon footprint. We are delighted that MiCTA has
recognized this and we look forward to extending these benefits to its member

MiCTA President, John Sundstrom, CIO-Emeritus of Grand Valley State University,
says of the award, “We’re pleased with the results, especially the quality of the
vendor’s offerings – not to mention the pricing we’re able to provide.”

BT Conferencing customers receive best-of-class service that is backed by our
24x7x365 assistance along with our industry leading service and support.

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About BT Conferencing

BT Conferencing was established more than 20 years ago and is now a leading global
provider of audio, video and web conferencing and collaboration services with current
reach in more than 75 countries. BT Conferencing is based in the USA, EMEA and
Asia Pacific and specializes in the delivery of reliable, robust and innovative
conferencing and collaborative solutions and product hardware to some of the largest
companies in the world. The company offers tailor-made solutions to customers,
whether they are major global businesses or small enterprises. With businesses now
juggling to increase productivity, being more environmentally aware and at the same
time looking to improve the work-life balance of its employees, conferencing and
collaboration services provide a cost effective and time saving solution.
For more information visit www.bt.com/conferencing or email

About BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services
operating in 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, Openreach, BT Retail and
BT Wholesale.
In the year ended 31 March 2008, BT Group’s revenue was £20,704 million with
profit before taxation and specific items of £2,506 million.

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.bt.com/aboutbt

About MiCTA

MiCTA is an association of educational, governmental and nonprofit entities and
serves as an aggregator of demand for essential products and services. The purpose of
MiCTA is to identify and resolve common voice, data and video issues and problems;
to provide a clearinghouse of information relative to these technologies; to gain
information on new products and services; to improve the level of competency and
enhance the professional status of the member administrators; to influence the
development of voice, data and video services to members at reduced costs and
improved quality and to participate in governmental and regulatory proceedings
affecting technology issues. MiCTA's diverse program offerings include voice, video
and data services, and much more.

To learn more visit: www.mictatech.org

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