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BT's quarterly newsletter for analysts, consultants and investors - Issue 42 - December 2016

Wins, launches and appointments

 

Wins

BT has signed a contract with international mining and construction equipment manufacturer Komatsu for a new global IT infrastructure covering 26 sites across 15 countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific and South-America. BT will design, build and manage a resilient, hybrid network combining BT’s IP Connect Global with its hybrid service (hVPN) for smaller locations. More.

Randstad Group, one of the world’s leading HR services providers, has selected BT to build it a new global IT infrastructure. This will provide cloud connectivity to more than 3,500 sites across 37 countries in Europe, North- and South-America, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. More.

 

Launches

New research from BT says that cyber threats are hugely underestimated by more than a third of Brits. The same research findings reveal that more Brits (60 per cent) believe they are more likely to fall victim to a physical home break-in than those fearing a digital crime (37 per cent). More.

BT and Huawei have come together to lead the global development of 5G mobile technologies. They will consider how faster mobile communication technologies might be applied, and look into the technical and commercial feasibility of deploying them. More.

An innovative supply chain solution which will help speed up the delivery of broadband and phone services by reducing the distance its engineers need to travel to collect equipment has been launched by BT. The company has begun the nationwide deployment of smart, secure delivery lockers inside and within the grounds of BT sites. More.

BT has launched BT One Mobile anywhere - an innovative service building on its merger with EE. The service will help organisations manage potentially rising data roaming costs incurred by their international business travellers. More.

BT has announced a new mobile service that brings together the power of its extensive 4G and fixed networks to deliver cloud-based collaboration services to organisations in the UK with more than 500 employees. The new service, BT One Cloud mobile, is a product of BT’s Cloud of Clouds portfolio strategy. More.

BT TV is set to introduce a new, image-rich user experience with easy access to channels and on demand content, and a new BT TV App. The ‘next-generation’ TV service will enable customers to manage their recordings and stream live and on demand programmes on mobile devices, providing a seamless TV experience in and out of the home. More.

The new voice of the iconic BT Speaking Clock is Alan Steadman, a 69-year-old retired civil servant from Dundee, who has won the nationwide competition to find a new voice to mark the clock’s 80th anniversary. More.

BT has automatically upgraded 46,000 UK business fibre broadband customers to speeds of up to 76Mbps completely free of charge, doubling their speed without the need for them to lift a finger. More.

Londoners will benefit from the fastest free public wi-fi available, free phone calls and a range of other free digital services from next year, thanks to a new partnership between BT, Intersection, the urban innovation company, and Primesight, a leading UK outdoor advertising company. More.

Openreach, and Huawei have become the first companies in Europe to trial an exciting new broadband technology which could super-charge speeds for businesses and consumers in the future. The trial saw 40Gbps, 10Gbps and 2.5Gbps speeds delivered simultaneously over a single fibre optic cable. More.

BT and Toshiba have opened the UK’s first secure quantum communication showcase in Ipswich. The two companies will demonstrate cutting edge quantum cryptography which can be used to protect digital information transported within banks and financial services organisations from hacking. More.

BT has announced BT Compute for Microsoft Azure, a new service that allows BT customers to order Microsoft Azure alongside BT’s own cloud services through its award-winning Compute Management System (CMS) online management tool. More.

A new Higher Education ICT training institute, named after computing pioneer Tommy Flowers, has been launched at BT’s Adastral Park technology and research campus near Ipswich. The institute will focus on bringing ICT-sector organisations together with academic researchers to solve some of the challenges facing UK businesses. More.

 

Appointments

Mike McTighe has been appointed the first chairman of Openreach, BT’s local fixed network business. McTighe, who takes up his role from January, is an experienced telecoms executive and regulator who spent eight years on the Board of Ofcom. More.