BT Project Web21C

p. Honestly, you have got to love any project with the tag line ” Do Less: Achieve More”. That’s a project mission statement written by a developer, not a marketeer. The British Telecom “Project Web21C”: helps you do less and achieve more. Project Web21C is part of BT’s larger 21st century network initiative called 21CN, an IP-based, multi-service network.

They have released APIs that let you access

*(disc) Messaging
* Voice
* Location
* Authentication
* Conference Call
* Profile
* Contacts

on their network. They have even released “sample PHP”: code to help you get started using these cool services.

Here’s a short blurb from the project’s main web site.

bq. Need to integrate highly secure services such as Messaging, Voice, Location, Authentication, Conference Call, Profile, or Contacts into an application? Now you can with as little as one line of code. We currently offer tools for .Net, Java, PHP, and Python, and we are developing additional innovative services to allow you to build ever more powerful solutions using BT’s global infrastructure.

p. According to “”:

bq. Given that often these APIs interact with phones and therefore the idiosyncrasies that entails, BT provides a set “Virtual Phones” that you can use in testing, each named after one of the Seven Dwarfs including “Bashful” that answers but disconnects after 3 seconds, “Grumpy” that always rings busy, and “Sleepy” the phone that never connects.

p. These APIs show promise and it’s great to see companies like BT realizing the value of APIs.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs. For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.32, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP