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Vodafone Greece targets multiplay with Hellas Online acquisition

Vodafone converging mobile and fixed with Hellas Online acquisition

Vodafone Greece has moved closer to becoming a multiplay service provider by acquiring 72.7% of Hellas Online (HOL), the country’s second largest broadband and fixed-line services provider. The mobile operator acquired Hellas Online for a total cash sum of €72.7m (£57.56m).

Hutchison preparing to bid for EE or O2 – report

Chinese investor company Hutchison could make a bid for O2 or EE

Following the news earlier this week about BT’s preliminary acquisition talks with EE and O2, it has been reported Hutchison Whampoa is preparing to make an offer of its own for one of the mobile operators.

EE confirms BT talks, industry opinion divided

BT is eyeing up EE as possible return route to mobile

Deutsche Telekom and Orange, the joint shareholders of EE, have confirmed initial discussions with BT over a possible sale of the UK mobile operator. In a statement the German and French giants said they are exploring the possibility as part of their regular market assessment to evaluate different strategic options.

BT confirms discussions with Telefónica to acquire O2 UK

O2 would complement BT's existing assets, including sport content

UK telco giant BT has confirmed it is in discussions to acquire O2, following reports that the CEO of Telefónica has indicated he is open to some kind of strategic alliance with BT in the UK, which could include selling off O2 UK in return for a stake in BT.

UKCTA urges Ofcom to improve BT Openreach performance

UKCTA claims BT's position is still too dominant

The UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA) has published a series of reports calling the country’s regulator Ofcom to review the communications market. It claimed there is confusion over the role of BT Openreach, BT’s network division, and businesses feel Openreach is a restrictive force in terms of choice in the market.

BT partners with Huawei for 3 Tbps over existing fibre

BT R&D MD Tim Whitley

BT and Huawei have successfully trialled a 3 Terabit per second (Tbps) super channel connection over an existing fibre optic link, paving the way for significant capacity on BT’s core fibre optic networks without having to replace cables.

BT’s consumer mobile plans in trouble – report

BT is using EE for MVNO services

It has been reported that BT has run into technical difficulties that are delaying its planned return to the consumer mobile market. As reported by the Telegraph, the telco has encountered problems in the technology designed to direct voice and data traffic over wifi rather than 4G.

Hyperoptic ramps up FTTH distribution

Hyperoptic aiming to bring FTTH connectivity across the UK

UK incumbent BT is facing growing competition in the fibre broadband market from fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) vendor Hyperoptic. The FTTH specialist focuses on delivering fibre broadband directly to consumer premises in newly built homes.

BT claims G.fast 1Gbps via fibre-copper mix

Copper could be utilised with fibre in ultrafast broadband through new technology

BT has revealed the results of its G.fast technology field trial showing combined downstream and upstream speeds of 1Gbps can be delivered via fibre-copper mix.

Sky and TalkTalk partner on FTTP rollout in York

UK fixed line players Sky and TalkTalk have created a joint venture to deliver fibre to the premises across the city of York. The firms have taken equal shares in the JV, along with fibre infrastructure provider CityFibre, to build a nationwide FTTP network promising broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps to businesses and homes in the city.

Microsoft partners with BT for private Azure links

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As security and data privacy continue to hold CIOs back from dabbling with cloud services BT and Microsoft announced a partnership Friday that will see the former provide private links for the latter’s Azure public cloud service. The move comes the same day Verizon announced a dark fibre service linking its public cloud platforms with Microsoft’s, with plans to support other platforms in the near future.

UNICEF taps BT for online child safety programme

Keeley Hawes UNICEF

UK incumbent BT has announced a partnership with UNICEF to promote online safety for children. The three-year programme, dubbed ‘The Right Click: Internet Safety Matters’, will involve the telco providing funding for BT experts to go into UK schools and train teachers on issues concerning online safety as well as leading workshops for teachers, parents and children on the issues.

Ex-HSBC head to lead Openreach

Joe Garner

UK incumbent BT said that ex-head of HSBC UK, Joe Garner, is to become CEO of wholesale business Openreach in mid-February. Garner replaces Liv Garfield, who is leaving to become CEO of Severn Trent.

BT looks to step up presence in emerging markets

BT is looking to expand its footprint in Asia Pacific, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA)

UK fixed line operator BT is looking to expand its footprint in Asia Pacific, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA) by hiring over 400 personnel in key markets in the region.

BT, Cisco partner on cloud-based voice and collaboration

Portugal Telecom opened a 50,000 server datacenter in September

UK telco BT announced a partnership with networking giant Cisco Wednesday that will see the two companies jointly deploy a cloud-based voice and video collaboration platform called One Cloud Cisco. The companies say the new platform will help position them to take advantage of recent trends in flexible working.

BT Openreach loses CEO

Liv Garfield

UK incumbent BT said Monday that Liv Garfield is to step down as CEO of Openreach during Spring 2014, to take up a new challenge as CEO of Severn Trent, the FTSE 100 water company.

Privacy group points finger at telcos over GCHQ spying

Privacy International has filed complaints against leading telcos to the OECD

Pressure group Privacy International has filed formal complaints against several telcos for helping British spy agency GCHQ in its mass interception of data and voice traffic passing through undersea fibre optic cables.

BT sees 13% drop in profit but strong fibre adoption

BT has reported a 13 per cent drop in profit for the first half of 2013

UK incumbent BT has reported a 13 per cent drop in year on year profit for the first half of 2013. Compared to 2012, the firm’s income fell to £948m in the half year ending September 30, while revenue dropped just one per cent to £8.94bn.

BT Adastral Park plays host to UK G.fast tech trial

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UK carrier BT’s Global Research and Development headquarters, Adastral Park, is currently playing host to a field trial of Fibre To The Distribution Point (FTTdp) G.fast technology being run by Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei.

Director Network Investment, Openreach, UK: “The potential of fibre is huge at a technical level but economics of deployment are very important”

Dr Peter Bell, Director for Network Investment, Openreach, UK

Dr Peter Bell, Director for Network Investment, Openreach, UK is speaking in the Access Evolution track on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we find out how Openreach makes its investment choices and what his views are on the realistic timeline for FTTH deployments.

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