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 […]

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 […]


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