BT to expand fast fibre offering

UK incumbent BT said Friday that it is to more than double the availability of its fastest fibre broadband service, delivering speeds of up to 100Mbps to around 2.5 million UK homes and businesses.

BT squeezes more speed out of copper

Don’t write off plain old copper just yet, is the message from UK incumbent carrier BT and analysts supporting the firm’s move to boost broadband speeds for the bulk of its subscribers.

Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel Lucent

A former BT chairman and president of PTT in the Netherlands, Verwaayen took on the challenge of Alcatel Lucent in 2008. And a challenge it most certainly is. The previous leadership pairing of Pat Russo and Serge Tchuruk presided over billions of dollars in losses, before being forced to step down amid judgements that their merger had been a disaster. The seemingly insurmountable problems they faced became Verwaayen’s.

Telefonica, France Telecom and BT tough it out

Spanish powerhouse Telefónica, which owns the O2 brand, reported strong performance from its Latin American operations during the first half of 2009, although group net profit slipped 3.5 per cent year on year to €1.339m.

Behavioural ad platform Phorm loses support

Shares in controversial behavioural advertising platform, Phorm, were in freefall this week after incumbent UK carrier BT moved to distance itself from the technology.

BT offers free broadband upgrade

UK fixed line incumbent BT is to double the headline broadband speeds for millions of consumers and businesses with a free upgrade, the company announced this week.

3, BT unite to make calls cheaper

The UK’s mobile underdog, 3 UK, and incumbent fixed line carrier BT formed an unlikely alliance this week in a bid to kill off the termination rate and bring mobile prices down for consumers.

BT cuts 15,000 jobs

UK incumbent carrier BT is to slash around 15,000 jobs as it struggles to offset weaknesses in its Global Services division.

BT gets fibre rollout underway

UK incumbent BT said this week that it will deploy fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology at 29 exchanges across the UK, ahead of a commercial launch of super fast broadband in 2010.

Ofcom puts UK on fibre diet

UK communications regulator Ofcom cleared the way for investment in super fast broadband on Tuesday. The main thrust of Ofcom’s latest initiative is the support of plans to upgrade the UK’s ageing copper access network to fibre, giving incumbent telco BT something of a boost. With BT upgrading its nationwide network to fibre as part […]

BT profit sinks 81 per cent

UK carrier BT posted a whopping 81 per cent drop in pre-tax profits for the last three months of 2008, and warned of the possibility of further “substantial” write downs in the coming year. Profit for the quarter to end December 31 came in at £113m, compared to £601m in the same period a year […]

BT mulling return to mobile

UK incumbent telco BT is understood to be planning a return to the mobile space. The carrier offloaded its own mobile network, Cellnet (now known as O2), back in 2001, but has made its wireless designs known in recent years. In 2005, BT introduced Fusion, an FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence) service under an MVNO partnership […]

Disruptive business models key to survival

As the economic gloom continues to overshadow the telecommunications sector, disruptive business models combined with existing technologies are the key to staying afloat. This is according to analysts at Frost & Sullivan, which warned Thursday that the reduction in consumption is changing the adoption and acceptance of new services. Towards the end of last year […]

BT to axe 10,000

In the wake of its shock earnings warning earlier this month, UK telco BT has announced plans to axe 10,000 staff. On Thursday, the carrier said EBITDA for the quarter to the end of September dropped 1 per cent year on year to £1.39bn, while revenues climbed 4 per cent year on year to £5.3bn. […]

BT warns over poor Global Services performance

UK carrier BT has issued a profit warning, blaming the weak performance of its international services division. The company said that for the quarter that ended September 30, group revenue is forecast to be ahead of expectations but EBITDA and earnings will be slightly below expectations.  The retail, wholesale and Openreach units are expected to […]

BT beefs up backhaul for T-Mobile, 3UK

UK mobile operators T-Mobile and 3UK this week tapped BT as a backhaul supplier for their consolidated 3G infrastructure. When it was announced in December last year, the 50:50 joint venture company called Mobile Broadband Network (MBNL), signalled the world’s largest known active 3G network sharing agreement to date. Under the agreement, masts and the […]

BT leaps on Ribbit

UK carrier BT said Tuesday that it has acquired Silicon Valley start up Ribbit for a total of $105m in cash. BT said the acquisition of the VoIP firm will help it catch the ‘Telco 2.0′ bandwagon, by accelerating its “strategy to transform itself into a next- generation, platform-based, software-driven services company.” Ribbit is an […]

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