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 […]

Fon plan validated as BT signs up

Spanish open wifi network Fon received a major seal of approval from the operator community on Thursday as UK incumbent BT joined forces with the maverick firm. By partnering with Fon, BT brings a further 3 million broadband subscribers to join Fon’s existing user base of 500,000. Anyone joining BT Fon will be able to […]

FMC missing the point

With the initial hype around Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) fading, analysts have warned that a narrow focus on services based on Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) could distract operators from achieving market breakthroughs with alternative FMC approaches. A number of operators have already launched dual mode UMA services, such as US operators T-Mobile USA and Sprint […]

Orange offers landlines in UK

UK mobile operator Orange has tapped BT Wholesale to supply it with landline services that it will sell to consumers under its own brand. The deal takes Orange into the quadplay arena, support Orange’s strategy to offer mobile, broadband, fixed and IPTV services from a single provider. Since the launch of BT Wholesale’s managed services […]

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 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 […]


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