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Analyst warns of IPTV woes

As BT gears up to launch its IPTV service next week, industry analyst Forrester Research has warned of low consumer interest and only moderate revenue potential for the technology in Europe. Even after a slow ramp up, Forrester predicts only one in four European xDSL/fibre broadband subscribers will have IPTV by 2016. Although this average […]

BT fires up 21CN

The UK’s incumbent carrier BT said Tuesday that it has started transferring the first customer lines over to its next generation 21st Century Network (21CN). BT has started to move customers in the village of Wick, near Cardiff, as part of the first phase of the national roll out of the 21CN. All work will […]

BT to launch IPTV next week

BT has confirmed it is to launch its long-awaited internet television service next Monday. The BT Vision service will pump television over broadband into people’s homes for the first time in the British incumbent’s history. A spokesman told Telecoms.com that the service will “only be available to BT broadband customers initially”, he would not be […]

Birmingham goes wireless

Birmingham city centre in the UK has signed an agreement with BT for the creation of a street-based wireless network. The network, which forms part of Digital Birmingham’s aim to make Birmingham a “European digital city” by 2010, will be funded by BT and will use the city’s lamp posts to create the infrastructure. From […]

BT buys PlusNet in cash deal

British incumbent, BT announced Thursday it is to buy PlusNet for £67m in cash to strengthen its position for broadband services. Last month, retailer Carphone Warehouse agreed to buy Time Warner’s AOL internet access business in the UK for £370m. BT said last week its share of new broadband customers had slipped to 22% during […]

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 […]

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