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  • BT wary of Cellnex compromise on CKH tower merger
    M&A

    BT wary of Cellnex compromise on CKH tower merger

    2022-02-02T15:31:00Z

    Spanish InfraCo willing to sell enough sites from existing estate to enable new UK tower player to emerge, overcoming CMA concerns on competition linked to planned CKH infrastructure acquisition. Four companies already stepped forward as potential buyers. BT remains concerned about impact on MBNL and 5G investment plans.

  • Guidance: positives to come, but later than promised
    Financial & Performance

    Guidance: positives to come, but later than promised

    2022-02-02T14:31:00Z

    Revenue down 2% for the year, but growth anticipated from Q1 FY22–23. All things point up, but large corporates at Enterprise and Global need turnaround to avoid continued struggles. Discovery tie‑up a win–win for BT Sport (and maybe for Sky, but what about for BT itself?).

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    People

    Openreach’s McTighe ‘steps away’ from Ofcom chair search

    2022-02-02T11:52:00Z

    Mike McTighe, Openreach Chairman, reportedly withdraws from the search for an Ofcom chair. Now nearly two years in the making, the process is yet to find a clear frontrunner despite a number of names floated. Ex‑BBC supremo Michael Grade is the latest hat in the ring.

  • BT Wholesale takes Truphone from rival
    Partnerships & Alliances

    BT Wholesale takes Truphone from rival

    2022-02-02T10:34:00Z

    EE network quality draws the MVNO to BT Wholesale from VM O2, as Virgin Media continues migration from EE to Vodafone.

  • BT follows EE with BAI deal
    Partnerships & Alliances

    BT follows EE with BAI deal

    2022-02-02T09:33:00Z

    Wholesale division to provide colocation space for neutral host network. BT flags wider focus on edge computing.

  • Headlines: Openreach surging; CFUs in surgery
    Financial & Performance

    Headlines: Openreach surging; CFUs in surgery

    2022-02-01T16:31:00Z

    Corporate weakness postpones recovery, with BT Global recuperating and BT Enterprise still hurting. Openreach charges on, hitting new records for FTTP connections and (low) costs. City analysts focus on ‘mathematical’ minutiae of inflation response and impact on customers, costs, and payroll. Drahi and other predators ignored.

  • Q3 FY21–22: king of a still‑wobbly castle
    Financial & Performance

    Q3 FY21–22: king of a still‑wobbly castle

    2022-02-01T15:30:00Z

    Rational rivals embraced, but warned of “Armageddon scenario”, with Sky current BFF. Mixed results force management to cling to customer satisfaction and market share security blankets. Inflation a bonus for Consumer’s linked pricing. ‘Jam tomorrow’ outlook reiterated.

  • Spend: costs under control
    Financial & Performance

    Spend: costs under control

    2022-02-01T14:31:00Z

    Cost‑savings transformation programme continues to earn accolades among management, despite necessary investment in infrastructure. Broader market factors felt.

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    Suppliers & SCM

    BT partner Versed AI on swerving supply chain strife

    2022-01-31T13:40:00Z

    With volatility biting businesses, University of Cambridge spinout attracts investment from range of backers with interests in sourcing sustainability and transparency, including fund linked to eBay creator Pierre Omidyar.

  • Cellnex offers CMA deal to secure Hutchison UK tower merger
    Public Affairs

    Cellnex offers CMA deal to secure Hutchison UK tower merger

    2022-01-25T14:45:00Z

    Spanish InfraCo willing to sell enough sites from its existing estate to enable a new UK tower player to emerge, and overcome CMA concerns on competition linked to its planned CKH infrastructure acquisition. Four companies have already stepped forward as potential buyers. CTIL objects to being positioned as a ...

  • 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.

  • BT, VMware target modern network and security challenges
    Products & Services

    BT, VMware target modern network and security challenges

    2022-01-21T10:15:00Z

    Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), delivered as a BT-managed service, supports the adoption of “the latest technologies and workstyles” Latest in a string of collaborations between BT and VMware following long-term SD-WAN partnership.

  • DCMS told to get a grip on Project Gigabit
    Public Affairs

    DCMS told to get a grip on Project Gigabit

    2022-01-20T16:23:00Z

    “Disappointed” accounts committee frustrated by lack of measurable progress and clear plans for reaching 2025 target of 85% ultrafast coverage. Department blasted for lack of meaningful legislation on removal of barriers to deployment. DCMS still seeking clarity from operators on national rollout plans.

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    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.

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    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.