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 […]

BT soups up broadband

UK telecoms incumbent BT has announced plans to roll out fibre-based, super-fast broadband to as many as 10 million homes by the time the Olympics rolls into London in 2012. The £1.5bn programme will deliver a range of services with top speeds of up to 100 Mb/s with the potential for speeds of more than […]

Phorm controversy continues after BT report leaked

Controversial advert targeting system Phorm drew more fire this week after an internal report on BT’s covert trials of the platform was leaked. A document revealing a 2006 trial of the system by the UK carrier appeared on the WikiLeaks web site earlier this week. Phorm is a behavioural advertising system, which monitors web activity […]

Verwaayen says farewell to BT

UK incumbent BT said goodbye to chief executive Ben Verwaayen on Thursday, as the company reported an 18 per cent year on year drop in profit for the period to the end of March. Verwaayen, who finishes a six year tenure this month, said that quarterly profit after leavers expenses and specific items came in […]

BT puts first 100Mbps fibre down

UK incumbent carrier BT has started its first deployment of fibre-optic cable, in the Ebbsfleet Valley in Kent. From August, around 10,000 homes on Land Securities’ 1,000 acre new build project and a number of commercial spaces in the area will have access to blistering 100Mbps broadband speeds. BT said that the service would allow […]

BT brings Vision to Xbox

Microsoft teamed up with UK incumbent telco BT on Monday, announcing a plan to deliver IPTV and HD movie services to Xbox 360 users. The partnership will enable BT Broadband customers to use an Xbox 360 to access the BT Vision IPTV service and its library of on demand content. The service will be made […]

Ofcom comes down hard on BT Openreach

UK communications watchdog Ofcom is planning to force BT to pay out more compensation to its wholesale customers for failing to meet requirements. In its annual review of BT’s regulatory compliance, Ofcom expressed concern at the performance of the incumbent carrier’s Openreach division. As a result, the regulator has proposed BT makes greater compensation payouts, […]

BT trials ad funded video

UK carrier BT this week began a three month trial of ad funded video services through its BT Vision Download Store. Users of BT’s PC-based IPTV service will be able to watch three films from FremantleMedia – Mischief Night, Played and The Punk Rock Movie – free of charge in return for viewing targeted advertisements. […]

BT to lose 5,000 managers as profits slip

UK incumbent telco BT said Thursday it expects to lose around 5,000 management positions this year under its restructuring programme. The group’s transformation programme led to costs of £182m during the quarter to end September 30, principally relating to the jobs cuts. This triggered a 31 per cent drop in profits during the quarter, with […]

BT vouchers for wifi

In a further bid to position wifi as the more economical alternative to international cellular roaming for business users, UK incumbent BT has introduced a range of international wifi vouchers. The vouchers offers customers 500 minutes of access – which can be used for internet access of VoIP telephony – for £28  ($57.83) in the […]

BT loses key strategist

Another high profile exit on Tuesday is 21 year BT veteran Andy Green, who is stepping down as CEO of group Strategy and Operations at the UK incumbent. Green will be leaving BT at the end of the year to become the CEO of IT services specialist LogicaCMG. He will take up his new role […]

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