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BT to drop wholesale prices in summer

UK telco BT said Monday that it intends to reduce wholesale broadband pricing once 1.5 million lines have been unbundled. Last week the operator reported that over 1 million lines have already been unbundled. The new prices, which are intended to come into effect from May 2007, are intended to give service providers an alternative […]

BT to make Newcastle wireless

One of Britain’s biggest cities, Newcastle, is set to become another wireless city by the middle of next year, according to BT. The British incumbent says it will install Wireless City equipment on existing street furniture and lamp posts in the city centre, giving coverage for users with wifi hardware. BT said it will be […]

BT heads for India, creates 6,000 jobs

Intent on exploiting the opportunities of one of the world’s fastest growing communications markets, BT said on Monday that it has lodged applications with the Indian Department of Telecommunications for national long distance and international long distance licences. BT has also formed a joint venture company, BT Telecom India, to offer services for the first […]

BT’s profits up but slips in broadband

British incumbent BT has reported a 26 per cent rise in half-year pre-tax profits to £1.24bn but has lost marketshare in its broadband business. Reporting its results for the six months to September 30, BT said its overall revenues increased 3 per cent to £9.8bn. The firm reported that revenues in its broadband and IT […]

BT unbundles 1 million lines

BT’s local loop unbundling unit, Openreach, said Wednesday that it has achieved the milestone of handing over 1 million lines to its competitors. Openreach said that on average it is currently fulfilling almost 30,000 LLU (Local Loop Unbundling) orders per week, with more than 20 operators now providing unbundled services from more than 1,000 local […]

BT slapped over “free calls” ad

BT had its wrists slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) on Wednesday for misleading consumers with a “free calls” claim. Carphone Warehouse blew the whistle on the UK incumbent over three national press ads that promised “Free UK Evening and Weekend calls over the internet” as part of BT’s new Total Broadband package with […]

BT to recruit hundreds of new staff

British telecoms watchdog Ofcom has given the green light to BT to recruit extra engineers to reduce the time it takes to connect ISPs’ local loop customers to the internet. Under BT’s Openreach programme, an engineer is required to connect the broadband user’s landline to the ISP’s LLU(Local Loop Unbundling) kit inside the local BT […]

Fusion breaks 100k subs barrier, maybe

UK telco BT may well have shocked the sceptics following reports that it has passed the 100,000 subscriber milestone for its Fusion service. The operator has caught a lot of flack in the media recently after it emerged that the service was off to a slow start, signing up just 30,000 customers by the end […]

BT buys Counterpane security

BT said Wednesday that it has acquired security firm Counterpane, started up by well known cryptographer and security guru Bruce Schneier, for an undisclosed sum. The California-based firm provides managed networked security services to around 550 networks worldwide including multinational and Fortune 100 customers. Post acquisition, Schneier will continue in his role as CTO and […]

BT pay phones now 40p a call

Nowadays they are iconic, a symbol of a time passed and used only in emergencies – such as when the batteries on your mobile run out. Yes the humble British phone box, the distinctive landmark that has, sadly, become a rarity in the UK, just got more expensive to use. Starting November, making a call […]

Orange brings converged service to table

The first competition in the convergence space is likely to kick off in November, with both BT and France Telecom’s mobile unit Orange introducing similar products at the same time. Mobile operator Orange gave details on its forthcoming fixed mobile convergence service Monday, which will allow its customers to use a mobile handset to make […]

BT reveals first corporate Fusion user

British Telecom announced the much awaited version of its fixed mobile convergence solution – BT Fusion – revamped for the enterprise market, Thursday. When the original consumer service launched last year, it only offered a single access point, offering fixed line rates when a handset is communicating over Bluetooth and GSM calling over Vodafone’s network […]

Vodafone enters fixed-line broadband, snubs C&W

Mobile operator Vodafone has struck a deal with BT to provide fixed-line broadband to its customers in the UK. The move is a response to O2 and Orange who already offer fixed-line and mobile products to their customers. Vodafone has confirmed that it plans to launch the new service before the end of the year. […]

BT outlines 21C network upgrade

UK incumbent British Telecom (BT) revealed further plans for the transition to its next generation 21st century network (21CN) Monday. Starting in late November, BT aims to begin the planned upgrade of voice and broadband services for customers in Cardiff and the surrounding area. All work will be carried out at BT’s telephone exchanges, with […]

BT stalks Skype with Softphone campaign

The UK’s incumbent telecoms company, BT, is about to launch a major advertising campaign for its PC-based VoIP technology, BT Softphone. Softphone is free to consumers making calls over broadband and will be positioned as a direct competitor to Ebay’s Skype. BT has, reportedly, hired the advertising specialist Agency.com to market Softphone which will launch […]

BT cuts off ISP… and 5,000 customers

A row between BT and UK service provider Euro1Net, has resulted in 5,000 of the latter’s customers having their broadband service cut off. Euro1Net’s service was suspended after BT Wholesale said the company had repeatedly failed to pay its bills. The company is not available for comment and says on its website that it cannot […]

BT introduces price cuts

Millions of BT customers will see changes in their phone bills, starting Tuesday, after official caps on what the incumbent charges were abolished by the UK watchdog, Ofcom. The regulator removed the price controls after 22 years ruling that competition in the UK fixed-line telephony market is sufficient to allow BT to compete fairly with […]

BT benefits from new wave growth

Ben Verwaayen, chief executive of British Telecom, Thursday reported quarterly results in line with expectations. Group revenues for the quarter to end June 30 increased 3 per cent year on year to £4.8bn, largely spurred by strong growth in the company’s new wave services division. New wave revenue, which is mainly generated from networked IT […]

BT ups 21CN trials

UK incumbent British Telecom (BT) Wednesday said that trials on its 21st Century Network (21CN) have been ratcheted up, with the next generation network now handling more than 625,000 live customer calls every day. In the latest trial stage of the 21CN, the network has carried more than 23 million customer calls successfully over an […]

BT to launch movie download store

UK incumbent BT has announced that it has teamed up with movie firm Universal Studios to offer movies and TV over the internet. Consumers may buy or rent the films which can be downloaded direct to either a PC or a portable device. A BT spokesman explained: “This is not just for BT users. Anyone […]

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