YouView launch “way overdue but also too early”

TV-on-demand service YouView has finally announced its launch in the UK

A set-top box intended to transform how viewers consume TV has been launched in the UK, two years later than planned. YouView offers subscription-free digital TV and catch-up and will be available in major retailers by the end of July.

BT Premiership deal to push subscribers to superfast broadband

BT is hoping its Premiership deal will push customers to its BT Vision TV and broadband services

BT Vision, the digital TV based subscription service offered by UK incumbent BT, has purchased the rights to show Premier League football matches in the UK in a bumper deal that combined with BSkyB is worth £3.018 billion (US$ 4.68bn). The bold move, which enables BT to show 38 live games from the 2013-14 season saw it beat out competition from traditional pay-TV broadcast companies such as ESPN and is being viewed as a statement of intent from the UK telecoms company.

Premier Football rights: BT pays to multiplay in the UK

BT is hoping its Premiership deal will push customers to its BT Vision TV and broadband services

Normally, we would advise a telecoms operator that faces stiff competition from established pay-TV operators to take a low-cost approach to TV, targeting new types of TV customer by partnering with strong content and consumer electronics brands rather than building everything from scratch (see Bundling: The smartest dumb-pipe strategy in town).

BT passes 10 million homes with fibre

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UK telco BT has celebrated a considerable milestone for its fibre broadband project, having now passed ten million homes and business with its roll-out, months ahead of its end-2012 target.

BT trials “FTTP on-demand”

The new trials will add flexibility to BT's FTTP rollout

UK telco BT has successfully trialled the delivery of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband on an on-demand basis in St Agnes, Cornwall, delivering speeds of up to 300 Mbps

BT wades into patent war with Android lawsuit

BT wades into patent war with its own lawsuit against Google

UK incumbent BT has taken legal action against Google for alleged patent infringement. The two firms have commenced legal proceedings in the US District Court of Delaware.

BT selects Ciena as key 21CN vendor

BT's 21C network will be based on fibre

UK incumbent BT has chosen US firm Ciena as a key vendor of equipment for its 21st Century Network (21CN).

Copper still a viable solution for fast broadband says BT

Despite its fibre rollout, BT is looking to squeeze as much as it can out of its existing copper network

UK incumbent BT may well extend the life of its copper broadband network rather than switch to fibre for faster broadband. Lucy Dimes, chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent UK and Ireland told a forum in London last week that vectoring broadband technology (VDSL) could extend the life of copper technology to provide speeds of up to 100Mbps, ZDnet has reported.

BT running one year ahead of fibre targets

BT ahead of target with its fibre rollout

BT expects to have connected two-thirds of UK premises to its fibre-based broadband network by the end of 2014 – one year ahead of its original target of 2015 – thanks to its recruitment of 520 new engineers, most of whom will be ex-armed forces.

BT and Everything Everywhere trial 4G in UK

BT and Everything Everywhere are trialling LTE in Cornwall, England

Everything Everywhere, the network operator for the Orange and T-Mobile brands, and BT Wholesale have launched the first trial of LTE broadband in the UK.

Most data traffic limited to three cells per user Deutsche Telekom CTO reveals

Deutsche Telekom CTO Olivier Baujard and BT's Sean Williams share a panel at the Broadband World Forum

Truly mobile usage is a for the most part a myth, according to the CTO of Deutsche Telekom. Speaking in his keynote address at the Broadband World Forum on Wednesday, Olivier Baujard said that according to Deutsche Telekom’s data analysis, 80 per cent of traffic for a typical customer is generated from just three cells.

BT announces latest locations for fibre broadband

If you fancy a cheap 1Gbps broadband connection then Sebastopol in the US just got a lot more attractive

UK telco BT has revealed the locations of a further 114 exchanges where it will install fibre-based infrastructure, which together will serve more than one million homes and businesses.

Incumbent Thinking

Sean Williams, group strategy director for the BT Group

Sean Williams, group strategy director at BT Group, and keynote speaker at the Broadband World Forum in September, gives an overview of the UK incumbent’s comprehensive broadband deployments strategy.

Rollover broadband contracts banned in the UK

Automatically Renewable Contracts will be banned in the UK from the end of the year

Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, has announced that it has banned contracts that automatically tie customers into new contracts if they fail to opt out. The new rules, which come into force from 31st December, will ban Automatically Renewable Contracts (ARC), which commit customers to a new minimum term for their broadband, and impose penalties for leaving.

BT to extend ADSL2+ footprint to 90% of UK homes

AT&T is looking to outpace Verizon with its forthcoming LTE network

UK telco BT has indicated that it plans to significantly extend the footprint of its ADSL2+ network to around 90% of UK homes (or 22.5mn premises) by spring 2013, delivering speeds of up to 20 Mbps.

BT changes up a gear for fibre rollout

UK telco BT is planning to increase the rate at which it rolls out its superfast fibre-based broadband network across the country. The firm said 66 exchanges would be upgraded before the end of 2012.

BT Openreach fibre broadband plans deemed insufficient by UK council

Councils in areas of the UK such as Surrey and working to ensure everyone has access to broaband

A UK council has announced plans to ensure that its local area has 100 per cent fast broadband coverage after identifying large coverage gaps in the roll-out plans of BT Openreach, the wholesale arm of UK telco BT.

Fixing LTE’s future

Cameron Rejali, BT Wholesale’s MD for Products

Cameron Rejali, BT Wholesale’s MD for Products will be speaking at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam from 17-18th May this year. spoke to him about whether the future is fixed, network sharing, the practicalities of Wifi offload and taking a heterogeneous network approach.

Verwaayen and Bland together again at Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has now taken three top BT execs

Alcatel-Lucent chief Ben Verwaayen has been reunited with ex-BT colleague Christopher Bland, who was this week introduced as the vendor’s new non-executive chairman for the UK. In this newly created position Bland will provide operational and business oversight to Alcatel-Lucent’s UK and Ireland business. The pair worked together at BT a few years ago when Bland held the position of chairman and Verwaayen was CEO of the operator.

More competition in UK superfast broadband space

Ofcom said that BT should allow rivals access to its newly laid fibre network and supporting infrastructure

UK communications regulator Ofcom said this week that BT should allow rivals access to its newly laid fibre network and supporting infrastructure, promoting increased competition in the superfast broadband sector. Cable carrying rival Virgin Media has jumped all over this one, announcing plans to expand its own fibre network across BT’s footprint.