BT Newsbyte
BT's quarterly newsletter for analysts, consultants and investors - Issue 43 - March 2017

Wins, launches and appointments

 

Wins

BT has delivered the first milestones of its contract with Michelin - designed to transform its global network infrastructure and provide all the advantages of the latest network, unified communications and security technologies. More.

BT has signed a multi-million pound contract with The Co-operative Group. The new superfast and secure fibre network will enable the Co-op to invest in its digital in-store experience, providing benefits for both customers and staff. More.

Residents, visitors and businesses in Southwark are set to benefit from the fastest free public wi-fi available, free phone calls and a range of other free digital services on the street, thanks to a new partnership between BT, Intersection, the urban innovation company behind LinkNYC, and Primesight. More.

BT Sport will remain the exclusive UK home of all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football. BT has secured the rights until the end of the 2020/21 season. More. 

BT has designed and successfully delivered the 4G wireless and fixed networks which will play a crucial role for Land Rover BAR as Sir Ben Ainslie’s team strives to become the first-ever British team to win the America’s Cup this summer. More.

BT Media and Broadcast has successfully provided the UK’s first uncompressed video contribution network connecting all 20 Premier League football stadiums in a three-year deal with Premier League Productions (PLP). More.

A partnership agreement with BT will enable T-Systems to offer its customers the option of using a range of network services from BT to connect their operations all around the world. More.

BT is linking up the world’s five main foreign exchange locations to help boost the competitiveness of its global financial industry customers. The company is now offering BT Radianz FX express, dedicated high-speed links between financial hubs in the UK, US, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. More.

BT is extending its Mobile Virtual Network Operator agreement, using its EE network, with the UK supermarket chain ASDA. The new deal will include access to 4G services for the first time and will allow ASDA Mobile customers to enjoy faster speeds on their mobile devices. More.

 

Launches

BT has opened a customer experience showcase for its financial industry clients. Located at its Adastral Park research and development hub in the UK, it demonstrates how digital innovations can be securely adopted throughout a financial services organisation. More.

Openreach has announced a major expansion of its engineering workforce with plans to recruit 1,500 trainees as part of its drive to improve customer service and invest in the operation of its network. In a ground-breaking approach to recruitment, potential candidates will be able to discover exactly what life as a field engineer involves, with the help of virtual reality. More.

BT, Ericsson, O2 and Vodafone have agreed to expand a mentoring scheme launched to encourage schoolgirls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. More.

BT is creating 1,700 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs as it continues to equip young people with the skills and training needed to meet the challenges of the evolving jobs market. More.

BT has joined the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and is partnering with Facebook to accelerate research into disruptive telecoms technologies. TIP is a global initiative that aims to transform the traditional approach to building and deploying telecoms network infrastructure. More.

The use of 5G to support future virtual reality services will be explored by BT and Nokia, as part of a new stream of research. This research will examine how the low latencies and high bandwidths of 5G can be used to maximise the experience of customers watching fully-immersive live sport or entertainment in future high-definition VR. More.

BT and Huawei have announced new research into how 'network slicing'– a method of carving out specific 'slices' of an IP-based network for dedicated purposes – may be used to support services delivered over tomorrow's 5G networks. More. 

BT has launched Whole Home Wi-Fi, a new advanced system and the first of its kind in the UK, which gives customers a complete wi-fi network covering every room in their home. More.

BT is cracking down on nuisance calls with the launch of a new free service - the first of its kind in the UK - that enables its home phone customers to divert unwanted calls to a junk voicemail box. More.

 

Appointments

BT Group plc has announced that Jan du Plessis will succeed Sir Mike Rake as chairman. Jan will join the board as a non-executive director from 1 June 2017 and become chairman with effect from 1 November 2017 when Sir Mike will retire from BT. More.

BT has appointed a new senior executive, David Wallace, to head up its public sector business in Scotland and implement a new strategic direction to increase local focus nationwide. More.

BT has appointed Chet Patel to lead its continental European operations with a focus on driving sustainable growth. He will report to BT's CEO of Global Services, Luis Alvarez. More.

Openreach has appointed Liz Benison as a non-executive member of its newly-formed board. More.

Openreach has appointed Sir Brendan Barber and Edward Astle as independent members of a newly-formed board to oversee strategy, investment and service delivery at the UK’s leading digital infrastructure company. More.