- Multimedia desktop device delivers innovative trading communications to financial institutions worldwide -

London, 4 January 2006 - BT, one of the world’s largest suppliers of financial trading room systems, today announced that ITS.Netrix, its multimedia desktop device launched in early 2004, has been successfully rolled out to 152 customer sites, covering 3,000 positions in 12 countries across Europe, America and the Asia Pacific region. The device, and supporting ITS voice trading system, is inherently scalable and has been adopted by financial institutions of all sizes – from the smallest trading floor with just two positions, to the largest with over 400 positions.

ITS.Netrix, designed in anticipation of future trends, is equipped to manage all communication channels, including voice, video, options for instant messaging, email and web through a single device. It provides connectivity to both IP (Internet Protocol) and traditional voice (TDM) networks – giving customers the flexibility to decide when they are ready to migrate their mission-critical trading operations to IP, or to take a middle path and mix-and-match IP and TDM technology side by side to suit their business needs.

The innovative design of ITS.Netrix improves productivity, team-working and performance – offering call recognition, with full colour alerts and rich, context-sensitive support information. The device is fully compatible with organisation’s existing systems and turrets and enables cost-effective migration, while maximising return from investments.

Rod MacDonald, managing director, BT Trading Systems, BT Global Financial Services, said: "ITS.Netrix is fast becoming the trading device of choice for institutions of all sizes, on both the buy-side and sell-side. Feedback from our customers show that they feel confident that ITS.Netrix will ready them for next generation trading – allowing them to operate more efficiently and flexibly in response to market conditions. We allow our customers to choose from either a TDM or IP infrastructure, or a mix-and-match approach, and to build upon ITS.Netrix with a variety of networked and wireless multimedia, phones and PDAs."

"We have an exciting year ahead in 2006 and anticipate further global demand for ITS.Netrix."

ITS.Netrix has already been adopted by users in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the UK and the U.S.

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