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May 05, 2010 15:00 ET

Ribbit Wins BritWeek Innovation Award for Accelerating the Future of Real-Time Communications

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) -  Ribbit, a BT company that delivers communication services that innovate and transform the way we interact, has been recognized as the overall winner in the Service Provision category for the first-ever BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards. This program highlights the achievements of businesses with joint operations in the UK and California. 

The awards honor companies for achievements in innovation before an audience of elite international players, as well as the wider California business community. Winners were judged by a panel of renowned experts, including entrepreneur engineer Sir James Dyson and BBC Technology Correspondent Maggie Shiels.

"Ribbit's platform is the next generation of communication technology, and UKTI is proud to recognize this outstanding achievement in innovation by a member of the California-United Kingdom business community," said Fiona Francois, HM Consul and Director (West Coast USA) UK Trade & Investment.

During an awards dinner held last night in Beverly Hills, Ribbit was recognized for its dedication to moving communications forward with innovative technologies, such as its Google Wave conferencing gadget. BritWeek recognized Ribbit's work with its open, cloud-based environment for communications in which third party developers can take advantage of voice with little or no prior knowledge of telephony.

"In the past voice and data existed in largely separate online and offline worlds where incompatible technologies and business models severely limited even basic voice services," said Crick Waters, co-founder and executive vice president of business development and strategy at Ribbit. "Our goal has always been to bring new experiences, interactions, products and business models to life for people all over the world, something we're seeing come to fruition through the support of BT."

"Innovation has long been at the heart of BT's vision to help people make their lives and businesses better with products and services tailored to their needs and easier to use," said James Dibbo, board member of Ribbit. "BritWeek's recognition of BT Ribbit's work further validates our priority and focus to meet our customers' needs today and innovating to meet their requirement for tomorrow."

Backed by BT, Ribbit is uniquely positioned to offer developers carrier-grade reliability, security and scalability. Ribbit's commercially available applications -- Ribbit Mobile and Ribbit for CRM -- showcase the power of the open API Ribbit platform. Ribbit Mobile gives consumers and business professionals a 21st century solution for managing calls, messages and phones all in one place, while Ribbit for CRM extends the value of industry-leading CRM software, such as Salesforce, by integrating mobile voice communications, SMS, email and voice-to-text transcriptions with customer records.

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 2009, BT Group's revenue was £21,390 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 RIBBIT
Ribbit is an open platform for communication innovation, bringing together the Internet, voice and data to form a new world of intelligent, integrated communication solutions. We see a future where rich voice and data travels seamlessly across devices, networks, carriers and protocols to create a better informed and more connected world. Ribbit was created to accelerate that future.

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Ribbit is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT. For more information about Ribbit, please visit www.ribbit.com