• BT backing digital architecture commoditisation; data traffic records tumble.

Elsewhere in BT Technology

Elsewhere in BT Technology

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  • FlowmonNetworks (FN), a network intelligence startup, is demonstrating its Anomaly Detection System (ADS) at BTCustomer Showcases, located in BT’s Adastral Park research and development centre. ADS is an open‑ended traffic monitoring solution that welds advanced data analytics and machine learning to rapidly diagnose and resolve problems on enterprise networks. FN joined Adastral Park’s Innovation Martlesham cluster of startups when it was acquired by cybersecurity solutions specialist Kemp in early-December 2020. BTCustomer Showcases offers Innovation Martlesham startups the chance to trial and showcase their solutions (BTwatch, #313).
  • TM Forum said a cohort of operators and vendors are building a “testplatform” for OpenDigital Architecture (ODA), under the auspices of the BT-backed Open Digital Architecture Component Accelerator initiative. The association’s Chief Technology Officer George Glass told TelecomTV that the platform will essentially work as a telco “component factory” for standardising, validating, and thus speeding up the availability of interoperable ODA plug-and-play components, open application programming interfaces (API), and cloud-native IT. Through it, the telcos aim to increase internal efficiencies and speed up service delivery. BT’s support for the TM Forum’s OpenAPI and ODA initiatives has been clear for some time, and the operator was one of 41 players — along with Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica, and Vodafone — to sign up to the TM Forum’s OpenAPI and OpenDigital Architecture Manifesto in June 2020 (BTwatch, #314 and passim).
  • The UK’s internet service providers, including BT, were said to have seen a surge in data demand during mid‑November 2020, as a result of the release of new Xbox consoles and games in the CallofDuty franchise. BT said broadband traffic peaked at 18Tbps, compared with a previous high of 17.5Tbps, described by a BT spokesperson as “comfortably within” the network’s capacity. On the day of the release Openreach said its traffic had been high “but not quite record-breaking, although it “far exceeds what we’d consider a normal Tuesday”. Subsequently BT’s Chief Architect Neil McRae indicated on social media that traffic peaks on BT’s network had moved beyond 19Tbps in December 2020 and anticipated passing 20Tbps before Christmas.