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 […]

ntl:Telewest takes on BT with next gen network

UK business communications provider, ntl:Telewest Business, moved to beat BT to the punch on Tuesday with the unveiling of its own next generation, integrated network. With the consumer part of its business tied up with the merger of NTL, Telewest and Virgin, ntl:Telewest Business, also part of the Virgin Media Group, is positioning itself as […]

MPs accuse BT of “blackmail”

UK incumbent British Telecom has been accused of “financial blackmail” by Members of Parliament (MPs) for charges on customers who do not pay their telephony bills by direct debit. 35 MPs have signed a Commons motion regarding the levy which David Hamilton, Labour MP for Midlothian, is leading. The motion urges BT – which made […]

BT to run fixed-line services in India

BT announced Wednesday that its Telecom India arm has been granted International Long Distance and National Distance licences, allowing the British incumbent to run fixed telephone lines in India. The company plans to roll-out services in the coming six weeks with a focus on foreign multinationals “software and BPO houses, banks and financial services sector, […]

Rake to be next BT chairman

UK incumbent BT on Monday announced the appointment of Sir Michael Rake, the current chairman of KPMG International, as successor to BT chairman, Sir Christopher Bland, in September 2007. BT chief executive, Ben Verwaayen, said in a statement: “We have accomplished a great deal, but there is still much more work to be done building […]

BT in talks with FON

British incumbent BT, is reported to be in talks with Spanish maverick, FON which promotes users sharing access to their home wifi networks. In the past, BT has said it would not allow FON users to link with BT wifi customers because it broke the company’s terms and conditions on sharing connections. If a deal […]

BT remains ‘best’ ADSL provider

BT has taken the crown once again as the best performing UK ADSL provider in terms of technical performance. The operator has held the top position for the last three quarters, according to the fourth quarter Internet Performance Indicator report from Epitiro, a customer experience management firm, which counts almost all the UK’s leading ISPs […]

BT eyeing Tiscali’s UK business – reports

The UK’s incumbent, BT, is looking to buy the UK operations of Tiscali SpA according to reports in the Italian daily, Il Sole 24 Ore, Thursday. Citing financial sources, the newspaper claims that BT has already begun informal talks with Merrill Lynch, which, the report says, is handling the deal. According to Tiscali, the company’s […]

BT goes green

UK telco BT is the latest tech company to jump on the carbon busting bandwagon, with an extension to its Green Energy contract. As part of its campaign to reduce carbon emissions, the contract – in place until 2010 – will see BT saving the equivalent amount of carbon as that resulting from over 300,000 […]

BT buys Nortel Ethernet kit for 21CN

BT’s £10bn 21st Century Network project has taken a slightly surprising turn, with the announcement this week that the carrier is ordering Nortel’s Provider Backbone Ethernet kit. Out of eight vendors involved in the scheme, Ericsson is the only one that is not competing with a second supplier in its domain, the so-called i-node router. […]

BT hits 1 mil. VoIP subs

UK telco BT said on Wednesday that its retail unit had notched up more than 1 million subscribers to its VoIP services. BT Broadband Talk and BT Softphone, now represent more than a third of BT’s consumer broadband base. BT said it has reached this milestone more than six months earlier than projected, having set […]

BT to launch wifi-enabled Fusion

UK telco BT unveiled the first three wifi-enabled handsets for its fixed mobile converged service, Fusion, on Monday. The Nokia 6136, Motorola A910 and Samsung P200 will be the first devices to be made available to consumers this spring, allowing users to make VoIP calls over their home wifi connection or BT Openzone hotspots. The […]

BT expects 10m ADSL subs this week

UK telco BT said it expects the UK to pass the 10 million ADSL subscriber milestone this week, boosted by an uptake in unbundled lines. BT said that its wholesale division supplies services to more than 8.7 million customers, via service providers including BT Retail, whilst Openreach supplies more than 1.3 million lines to customers […]

BT pension deficit grows

UK telco BT said on Monday that “under a new and more conservative actuarial methodology,” its pension deficit has been recalculated as £3.4bn, considerably higher than previously thought. Under the new scheme, BT will make deficit payments equivalent to £280m per annum for 10 years with the first three years instalments paid up front. The […]


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