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BT running one year ahead of fibre targets

BT expects to have connected two-thirds of UK premises to its fibre-based broadband network by the end of 2014 – one year ahead of its original target of 2015 – thanks to its recruitment of 520 new engineers, most of whom will be ex-armed forces.

Most data traffic limited to three cells per user Deutsche Telekom CTO reveals

Truly mobile usage is a for the most part a myth, according to the CTO of Deutsche Telekom. Speaking in his keynote address at the Broadband World Forum on Wednesday, Olivier Baujard said that according to Deutsche Telekom’s data analysis, 80 per cent of traffic for a typical customer is generated from just three cells.

BT announces latest locations for fibre broadband

UK telco BT has revealed the locations of a further 114 exchanges where it will install fibre-based infrastructure, which together will serve more than one million homes and businesses.

Rollover broadband contracts banned in the UK

Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, has announced that it has banned contracts that automatically tie customers into new contracts if they fail to opt out. The new rules, which come into force from 31st December, will ban Automatically Renewable Contracts (ARC), which commit customers to a new minimum term for their broadband, and impose penalties for leaving.

BT to extend ADSL2+ footprint to 90% of UK homes

UK telco BT has indicated that it plans to significantly extend the footprint of its ADSL2+ network to around 90% of UK homes (or 22.5mn premises) by spring 2013, delivering speeds of up to 20 Mbps.

BT changes up a gear for fibre rollout

UK telco BT is planning to increase the rate at which it rolls out its superfast fibre-based broadband network across the country. The firm said 66 exchanges would be upgraded before the end of 2012.

Verwaayen and Bland together again at Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent chief Ben Verwaayen has been reunited with ex-BT colleague Christopher Bland, who was this week introduced as the vendor’s new non-executive chairman for the UK. In this newly created position Bland will provide operational and business oversight to Alcatel-Lucent’s UK and Ireland business. The pair worked together at BT a few years ago when Bland held the position of chairman and Verwaayen was CEO of the operator.

More competition in UK superfast broadband space

UK communications regulator Ofcom said this week that BT should allow rivals access to its newly laid fibre network and supporting infrastructure, promoting increased competition in the superfast broadband sector. Cable carrying rival Virgin Media has jumped all over this one, announcing plans to expand its own fibre network across BT’s footprint.

BT source of customer data leaked after piracy hack

UK telco BT has been revealed as the source of a list of personal customer data, which has been made publicly available on the internet. The list in question, containing more than 500 names of broadband account holders, was sent from BT’s legal department in late August to a law firm ACS: Law. The names on the list are allegedly linked with the illegal sharing of copyrighted material.

BT backs long wave radio for smart meters

UK incumbent BT has joined forces with broadcast infrastructure firm Arqiva and business consultancy Detica in a bid to mop up business under the local government’s proposed smart metering initiative.

IPTV platform to take on big media

The doors opened Tuesday morning on the 2010 IPTV World Forum, with keynotes from Richard Halton, director of Project Canvas at the BBC, and Richard Young, director of business development at BT Vision.

BT results – cut and paste?

Ian Livingstone must have an autotext key on his laptop. This morning’s news release reads: “These results show that we are making progress. There is still a lot more to be done but our commitment to improved customer service and cost transformation is starting to deliver results.”

BT scores managed services deal for O2

UK carrier BT must be feeling like its gone back to 2001, as it announces a five year, multi-million pound managed services agreement to run O2’s mobile and fixed core networks.

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.

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