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 […]

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 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 […]


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