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BT takes it to the street

As reports come in that UK incumbent BT is warming to the idea of putting fibre in the ground, it has emerged that the company is gearing up to launch a 100Mbps service next month. From October 1, Openreach will make fixed symmetrical 100Mbps transparent Ethernet bandwidth available, running from a BT local exchange to […]

BT remains top dog in broadband

UK incumbent telco BT said Thursday it expects to maintain its position as the UK’s leading retail broadband provider after grabbing a 38 per cent share of the 459,000 net additions in the quarter to end June 30. At the end of June, BT had 11.2 million wholesale broadband connections, including 2.4 million local loop […]

BT sacrifices Virgin’s mobile TV service

Virgin Mobile customers in the UK are set to lose their mobile TV service after BT announced plans to pull the plug on its Movio platform on Thursday. A spokesman for the UK incumbent told telecoms.com that following a review of its wholesale offerings, BT had decided not to continue with the Movio service. The […]

T-Mobile taps BT for backhaul

T-Mobile UK made a landmark agreement this week when it tapped BT wholesale to be its backhaul provider, initially using leased lines but later with Ethernet. Financial details of the contract were not released but analysts say that with mobile call prices falling, wireless operators need to ensure their networks are the lowest cost possible […]

BT mulls a fibre diet

UK incumbent telco BT may be considering a U turn on its decision not to roll out fibre, or at least taking it to the kerb, according to reports. BT chairman, Christopher Bland, who steps down in September, this week revealed that the carrier is considering installing fibre to the cabinets (FTTx), typically found on […]

BT agrees to acquire Brightview

UK incumbent fixed line carrier BT has acquired the internet service provider Brightview for about £15.8m subject to approval from the ISP’s shareholders. Brightview has around 62,000 broadband customers and generated revenues of £11.0m and Ebitda of £3m in the year ended 30th June 2006. Brightview operates the ISP brands Madasafish, Global Internet and Waitrose […]

BT closes 21CN trial

Following the successful migration of the first live customers onto its 21st Century Network (21CN) in South Wales, UK carrier BT is closing the next generation IP voice trial network it switched on in 2005. The move coincides with the announcement that Paul Reynolds, one of the key figures behind the carrier’s 21st Century Network […]

BT loses 21CN head

UK incumbent BT said Wednesday that Paul Reynolds, one of the key figures behind the carrier’s 21st Century Network strategy, has resigned. Reynolds will be leaving BT in September to take up the position of CEO of Telecom New Zealand. Reynolds joined BT in 1983, straight out of University, and joined the board in November […]

Carphone, BT scrap over voice prices

UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse has returned fire on incumbent carrier BT, slashing the prices of its fixed line voice packages and offering free international calls. Last week BT threw the first punch in a pricing skirmish by cutting the cost of its Option 2 and 3 call packages by up to 20 per cent […]

Scots switching on to ADSL

Consumers in Scotland are switching over to ADSL broadband faster than any other parts of the UK, according to new figures from incumbent telco BT. Aberdeenshire and Shetland have become the first areas in the UK to have more than half of their homes and businesses hooked up ADSL.But Scotland dominates BT Wholesale’s top ten […]

BT profits up 15%

BT announced its full year results Thursday morning, with headline profits up 15 per cent at £2.49bn on revenues up 4 per cent at £20.2bn. The company announced a dividend of 15.1 pence per share, an increase of 27 per cent on last year and promised to buy back a further £2.5bn worth of stock […]

IPTV VoD model falls short

Just as BT prepares to kick off a high profile marketing campaign for its Vision IPTV service, industry analysts have come out with a warning that the IPTV video on demand (VoD) business model falls far short. Ozgur Aytar, manager of industry analyst Pyramid Research, said that VoD services over IPTV networks fail to offer […]

BT Vision prepares for launch

BT will give its IPTV service, Vision, a proper marketing push this weekend, finally putting the service into hard launch mode, following a soft introduction in December. Ovum analysts Annelise Berendt and Mike Cansfield have been told that the now familiar ‘BT family’ will kick off a national campaign on Saturday across TV, billboards, the […]

BT on the way to WiMAX

Incumbent telco BT issued an RFI (Request for Information) to potential WiMAX suppliers on Tuesday, threatening to shake up the UK telecoms industry dramatically. The British regulator Ofcom is planning to re-open the UMTS Extension 2.5-2.69GHz band some time around the end of 2007 and BT is almost a dead cert to bid for some […]

BT restructures further

UK incumbent telco, BT, on Tuesday announced a restructuring operation designed to accelerate the company’s transformation into a networked IT services company. Under the restructuring, Andy Green will move from being chief executive of BT Global Services to become CEO of Group Strategy and Operations. Green will head up two new business units that will […]

BT buys into LatAm

UK incumbent BT announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Comsat International, a provider of data communication services for corporations and public sector organisations in Latin America. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. BT Global Services sells network IT service in 170 different countries, this latest acquisition helped the […]

BT intros mobile office

UK telco BT this week launched a mobile office offering for small to medium enterprises. The Office Anywhere service, which is based around HTC’s S620 smartphone, embraces VoIP by offering free hour long internet calls to UK landlines and capped calls to UK mobiles and international landlines from BT Openzone wifi hotspots and from home […]

Only BT left in running for Pipex

UK incumbent telco BT is understood to be the only interested party left in the running for ISP Pipex, after Carphone Warehouse reportedly dropped out of the bidding. The UK broadband provider put itself up for sale last month. Pipex has 570,000 broadband customers. Speculation on BT’s interest in the service provider has been floating […]

BT cuts broadband prices

UK telco BT confirmed plans to reduce wholesale broadband prices on Monday. The cuts will come into force on May 1, starting with BT Wholesale’s most highly used product – BT IPstream – which will benefit from a 9 per cent reduction in the monthly rental charge, from £8.40 per line per month to £7.63. […]

BT heads to Spain

UK telco BT said this week that it plans to launch mobile services in Spain after signing an MVNO agreement with Vodafone Spain. The service offering will be available in the summer and will be aimed at businesses and the public sector, delivering mobile video telephony, audio/video streaming services, location based services and fixed mobile […]

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