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Sky and TalkTalk partner on FTTP rollout in York

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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

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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

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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.

BT taps EE for mobile connectivity offering

BT is using EE for MVNO services

UK fixed line incumbent BT said Thursday it has signed an exclusive MVNO agreement with EE to provide mobile communications to its customers and 88,000 employees.

Google, BT and Microsoft sign up to Ofcom white space trials

Ofcom is carrying out white space trials with the support of companies including BT and Microsoft

UK regulator Ofcom has announced that a group of technology firms, including Google, BT and Microsoft, are taking part in Europe’s first major pilot of white space technology. The regulator said that the UK will be among the first countries in the world to road-test the technology, which could help support the next wave of wireless innovation.

UK’s rural broadband plan criticised

Vodafone and EE have both issued statements suggesting the government re-evaluate its processes to focus more on 4G services

Two of the UK’s mobile operators have added to the chorus criticising the way that broadband is being rolled out in the country’s rural areas. Vodafone and EE both issued statements calling for the government to re-evaluate the initiative and make it more inclusive of 4G wireless.

Ovum view: Investors to gain more than Vodafone from Verizon sale

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On September 2, 2013, Vodafone and Verizon announced that they had reached an agreement for Vodafone to sell its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless back to Verizon for $130bn. Ovum believes that the deal is good for both parties, but that the decision to return 65 per cent of the proceeds from the sale back to shareholders is short-sighted. It may make Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao popular, but we don’t believe that he will have enough left to future proof the business.

Broadband InfoVision Awards 2013: Best Broadband Partnership

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The broadband industry is built on partnerships, and the best examples of these are to be recognised in first category of this year’s Broadband InfoVision Awards (to be held in Amsterdam on October 23rd, 2013)

UK broadband project running two years behind schedule

The NAO believes the rollout  of super fast networks will be completed 22 months later than planned.

The UK government’s attempt to roll out “superfast” broadband across the nation is running two years behind schedule, according to the National Audit Office. The government has pledged to provide super-fast speeds, primarily through the deployment of fibre networks to 90 cent of premises in each area of the UK by May 2015. However, the NAO believes the rollout will be completed 22 months later than planned.

UK Intelligence and Security Committee blasts BT for Huawei government project involvement

UK Intelligence Committee blasts BT for not notifying ministers of use of Huawei equipment

The UK Intelligence and Security Committee has criticised fixed line incumbent BT in a report for allowing Chinese vendor Huawei’s equipment to be embedded in the heart of the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI)and failing to consult ministers beforehand.

UK nears broadband competition milestone

Copper remains dominant in the UK's broadband network

The UK has passed 9 million unbundled broadband lines, according to new figures from watchdog Ofcom.

BT: “We expect to take fibre to 95% of Cornwall, UK”

Ranulf Scarbrough, BT

We speak to Ranulph Scarbrough, director of the Superfast Cornwall broadband programme at BT, about winning last year’s Broadband InfoVision Award in the ‘Changing Lives’ category.

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