All BT Group articles

  • btw323-tt-bt-local-business

    BT absorbs Local Business agent Fourfront


    Reseller relationship brought in‑house in small transaction. BT says no shift in strategy for SME go-to-market.

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    Latest BT people moves: Karonis replacement named at Enterprise


    Following the launch of BT Digital and BT Networks, Dave Matthews was appointed BT Enterprise CTIO to fill Karonis’ shoes. BT Non‑Executive Director Cheshire takes a Chairman role at Spire Healthcare. BT Global SVP Roger Woodend departs for AWS.

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    Suppliers & SCM

    BT Sourced embarks on buyside disruption


    Low-key launch for BT’s “ standalone ” procurement company. Time will tell if greater reliance on digital tools will turn BT Sourced into “ procurement disruptors and trailblazers ”.

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    BT’s revamped Newcastle office set for re-opening


    Operator to inaugurate opening of “ o ne of first ” upgraded offices under Better Workplace scheme. “ First phase ” of site redevelopment completed, with h ybrid working practices helping maintain operations in meantime. Gosforth to prioritise employee welfare as a means to boost customer ...

  • btw323-tt-bt-enterprise-5g
    Enterprise (B2B)

    BT Enterprise eyes 2023 for 5G lift-off


    Spencer says better performing 5G standalone networks needed to kick‑start market. Operator inexperience in provisioning spectrum for private networks another brake on enterprise adoption. University Hospitals Birmingham and Belfast Harbour again hailed as BT’s main B2B 5G success stories.

  • btw323-tt-howard-watson
    Strategy & Change

    Networks joins Digital division to replace BT Technology


    BT Technology was shuttered and replaced by two new divisions: BT Digital and BT Networks. Harmeen Mehta and Howard Watson at the respective helms as BT seeks transformation and modernisation. Fotis Karonis replacement named at BT Enterprise.

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    Enterprise (B2B)

    BT positions for post-‘cloud-first’ enterprise era


    In collaboration with Dell/VMware, BT flags ability to securely “ repatriate ” apps back into private servers as enterprises retreat from ‘cloud‑first’ strategies .

  • btw322-tt-sir-ian-cheshire

    Cheshire puts hat in the ring for BT chair job


    Current BT non‑exec seeking to buck the trend and encourage Group to look internally for du Plessis replacement. Cheshire brings considerable experience and strong political links, but may lack the skills needed for future battles.

  • btw322-tt-one-braham

    New East London BT HQ preps for sale


    One Braham , soon to be BT’s main office, is reportedly being readied for a £500m sale. BT due to move at the end of the year after leaving 81 Newgate Street.

  • btw322-tt-cathryn-ross

    BT Regulatory Affairs lead Cathryn Ross sets sail


    Regulatory Affairs Director and Executive Committee member Ross’s departure announced a week after Ofcom market review job‑done. Set to take newly‑created Strategy Regulatory Affairs role at Thames Water.

  • btw322-tt-cyril-pourrat
    Suppliers & SCM

    BT Sourced to target supply chain sustainability


    Chief Procurement Officer Cyril Pourrat flagged the importance of ESG compliance throughout the supply chain. New procurement company BT Sourced set to enable transparency via digital tools: AI, big data, and machine learning on the cards.

  • btw322-tt-number-10
    Strategy & Change

    Openreach cites No 10 lack of clarity as key early COVID test


    Initial uncertain status of Openreach workforce deemed biggest challenge when ensuring UK connectivity and worker safety through lockdown. Strong chains of command, coupled with responsiveness to staff concerns, said to frame management response. Fears on return to offices and on‑premises work may prove the biggest challenge. ...

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    Public Affairs

    Ofcom gives BT fibre pricing freedom, but adds burdens


    Openreach not to face caps or controls on national ultrafast pricing until 2031, as long as it is “ fair and reasonable ”. Locally-targeted pricing from Openreach prohibited as Ofcom seeks to protect emerging altnets. BT Consumer may lose some edge from 90 day notice period ...

  • btw322-tt-optical-options
    Network & Infrastructure

    BT explores optical options after Moore, Shannon


    Lord keen to leverage lower-cost data centre technologies for network deployment. Floats idea of ripping out ROADMs in core network and replacing them with routers and ZR optics pluggables. Lower prices through photonic integration seen as key. Promising trials with hollow-core and multi-core fibre.

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    Public Affairs

    Threat of BT national strike intensifies


    CWU calls on BT member base to back strike action, with further details on proposed ballot in “ coming weeks ”. Group transformation continues to exacerbate already disaffected BT-union relations. Mass walkouts from ‘late-spring’ a possibility. Union and BT share very different relationship perspectives.

  • btw322-tt-fibre-ruling-ofcom
    Public Affairs

    BT braces as Ofcom fibre ruling looms


    Ofcom to set out its fibre vision this week, and while BT may get pricing freedom, it may not get the longer‑term clarity it craves. Regulator’s steps to open up infrastructure competition may also disrupt the incumbent’s plans.

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    Transformation guru Baumann joins Vodafone Germany


    Former Microsoft transformation lead Heide Baumann named Director, Commercial Operations at German operator. Brings experience from BT, Liberty, and Three to Vodafone.

  • btw322-tt-ai-festival
    Innovation (R&D)

    BT shines light on AI in the East


    Adastral Park R D facility takes centre stage in inaugural Artificial Intelligence Festival. East of England emerges as UK hub for AI research and innovation. BT asserts AI thought leadership and is UK’s top AI patent filer. Group’s use of AI aligns with telco peers, but ...

  • btw322-tt-jan-du-plessis-bust-up

    BT denies right royal dust‑up at the top


    Group moved to issue a denial of Jansen ultimatum as speculation swirls on du Plessis’ surprise departure decision. Two camps emerging, with some discontent at Jansen power moves, but CEO’s position appears safe for now. Beyond rumours and gossip, BT board looks starved of experience needed for ...

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    Network & Infrastructure

    DT lends experience as Openreach preps for all‑IP surge


    Openreach drawing on minority owner’s learnings as it corrals the UK’s CPs towards digital voice services. Migration closely linked to fibre rollout, but timing may be dependent on CP retail plans as market joins BT in favouring IP voice services.