All BT Group articles

  • vfw204-tt-cable-sub
    Network & Infrastructure

    Submarine cable vulnerabilities surface

    2022-01-25T13:23:00Z

    Malicious threats loom, but accidental damage more common. Russian aggression, underwater volcanoes, fishing and anchoring roil subsea cable networks. Difficult to prevent damage, resiliency is best protection.

  • BT considers use of AI to expose vendor malpractice
    Operations

    BT considers use of AI to expose vendor malpractice

    2022-01-24T13:36:00Z

    Operator considering application of video analytics software from partner Vyntelligence to identify “incorrect behaviours” in supplier plants. Idea reflective of operators’ concerns over hidden ESG and security nasties in their vast international supply chains.

  • vfw204-tt-CPO-skills-feature
    Operations

    Strategic rise of procurement redefines role of the CPO

    2022-01-21T17:19:00Z

    Complex ecosystems, new technology, sustainability ambitions, and supply chain risk mitigation are driving change in the procurement function. BT Sourced and Vodafone Procurement Company weigh in on how their procurement lives are transforming. Chief procurement officers need new leadership skills to succeed, says study. Ideal procurement professionals are like ...

  • btw332-tt-olly kunc
    People

    Openreach’s Service Delivery chief Olly Kunc exits

    2022-01-20T11:17:00Z

    Quietly leaves the Group, leaving management a shared, interim responsibility of Khatter and Stewart.

  • btw332-tt-youview
    Operations

    BT and TalkTalk footing the YouView bill as losses mount, Arqiva exits

    2022-01-19T16:30:00Z

    Latest accounts show the TV platform’s shareholders now down to six, with the two operators keeping the venture afloat. R&D budget remains high at £16m, compared to revenue of just £9m. Telcos remain coy on paying subscribers for their TV services.

  • btw331-people-generic
    People

    Latest BT people moves: ESG key in New Year changes

    2022-01-17T08:54:00Z

    Digital impact and sustainability manifesto brings a number of new roles to further ESG agenda. Fibre build challengers Borderlink and Hyperoptic poach ex‑BT and Openreach staffers to drive regional FTTP rollout plans. Healthcare remains a key focus for Digital and Enterprise developments.

  • btw331-tt-ses
    Partnerships & Alliances

    BT ties with SES on ‘multi‑orbit’ data and IoT

    2022-01-14T11:58:00Z

    Global division looking to satcomms to expand mining sector presence and boost search for growth. Tie-up bridges various in-vogue areas of enterprise IoT, satellite, not‑spot coverage, and cloud productised services. Deal appears precursor to broader revamp of BT’s ecosystem at intersection of wireless and satcomms.

  • btw331-tt-mctighe
    People

    Openreach’s McTighe emerges as frontrunner for Ofcom chair

    2022-01-14T11:08:00Z

    Mike McTighe, Chairman at Openreach, reportedly on the shortlist to oversee regulator. Drawn‑out search for Lord Burns’ successor sees another BT‑affiliated name on the cards.

  • btw331-tt-division x leader
    People

    BT’s new growth oriented Division X names leader

    2022-01-13T14:05:00Z

    Former Sierra Wireless SVP Marc Overton appointed MD, Division X as BT Enterprise seeks solution‑selling in high‑growth verticals. Adjacent markets targeted by new unit, with Overton’s IoT specialism among the target technologies.

  • Openreach gets good marks for independence
    Public Affairs

    Openreach gets good marks for independence

    2022-01-11T15:58:00Z

    Ofcom monitoring unit warns BT and Openreach to stay vigilant. Stakeholders raise concerns about PIA, defective poles, and lack of clarity on Openreach’s build plans. Equinox pricing offer deemed free from BT influence, as Ofcom defends its approval to Competition Appeal Tribunal in challenge brought by CityFibre.

  • BT focuses energies on health industry
    Strategy & Change

    BT focuses energies on health industry

    2022-01-09T15:57:00Z

    BT ramps up plans with formation of Clinical Advisory Board populated by eight NHS clinicians. Move builds on operator’s sign‑up to Health Tech Alliance and The Kings Fund as part of efforts to expand in the industry through collaboration.

  • btw331-tt-soho
    Enterprise (B2B)

    BT Enterprise’s SoHo unit to exploit micro‑business boom

    2022-01-07T13:25:00Z

    Senior figures named and recruitment drive underway at unit focused on single office, home office demographic. Unit launched in 2021 to deliver tailored services to a growing micro‑business customer base.

  • btw331-tt-mcare-not-spots
    Network & Infrastructure

    BT’s McRae sees open RAN potential in tackling ‘not‑spots’

    2022-01-06T15:07:00Z

    Optimistic about RIC to enable connectivity in hard-to-reach places. Flags work on rural open RAN trial in Wales, with BT as neutral host provider. Restates view that open RAN functionality is more important than lowering costs.

  • btw331-tt-vyntelligence
    Operations

    Openreach turns to video AI to cut install snags

    2022-01-05T14:59:00Z

    Infra provider claims install quality, efficiency, and consistency gains from roll out of video analytics software from partner Vyntelligence.

  • btw331-tt-du plessis exit
    People

    Ex-chair du Plessis wants to “move on” from BT exit

    2022-01-04T12:21:00Z

    Jan du Plessis describes BT chairmanship as “not a great time”, but remains confident in Group strategy under CEO Jansen. Unceremonious resignation came amid reports of falling‑out between the pair. Newly knighted du Plessis now teed up for UK audit watchdog role.

  • btw331-tt-jan-du-plessis
    People

    Ex-BT chair teed up to lead UK audit regulator

    2021-12-22T10:55:00Z

    Business Secretary Kwarteng puts Jan du Plessis forward for appointment to chair the FRC amid governance struggles on the audit watchdog’s “underweight” board. FRC in transition, and requires a chair able to partner with government.

  • btw331-tt-robey warshaw
    Financial & Performance

    BT’s M&A chaperone boosts takings

    2021-12-21T14:00:00Z

    Boutique advisory firm Robey Warshaw reports a 50% jump in sales from corporate deal‑making tasks. Partner of BT and Vodafone appears primed to benefit from industry’s new wave of consolidation.

  • tfw160-tt-lutz-spectator
    M&A

    VM O2 CEO happy as spectator to BT takeover saga

    2021-12-20T14:38:00Z

    Lutz Schüler, CEO at Virgin Media O2, said he “thanks God” his business is not distracted by shareholder goings on. Comes after Patrick Drahi expanded his shareholding in VM O2 rival BT. Schüler’s attention fixed on customer experience improvements and fibre rollout.

  • btw331-tt-joint audit committee
    Suppliers & SCM

    BT joins audit club to boost supplier sustainability

    2021-12-16T16:13:00Z

    Pourrat underlines ESG credentials though membership of telco grouping to share best practice on supply chain sustainability. Highlights that BT spent around £13.1bn this year with more than 1,100 direct suppliers in nearly 100 countries, and that understanding impact on environment and society is key.

  • btw331-tt-healthcare partnerships
    Partnerships & Alliances

    BT joins industry bodies in health‑tech drive

    2021-12-15T12:32:00Z

    Operator added to Health Tech Alliance and The Kings Fund as part of effort to expand in the industry through collaboration. Health a sector of interest to CEO Jansen amid BT Enterprise resurgence.