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Innovation (R&D)

BT turns to AI to map supply chain long tail

Group looking for new relationships with smaller suppliers that can help optimise ways of working and support efficiency efforts.

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Innovation (R&D)

BT preps AR early warning system for engineers

COVID‑19 attacks heightening focus on engineer safety. 

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Partnerships & Alliances

Telcos see more cooperative post-crisis industry

Home‑working creating a permanent new need for stronger networks covering the UK’s homes, and potential for collaboration to deliver it. Industry cooperation seen as having played a key role in the robust management of changing demands on national infrastructure sparked by lockdown.

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Network & Infrastructure

Openreach raises FTTP sights as ADTRAN comes on board

ADTRAN set to take a substantial share of work building BT’s new fibre infrastructure as a third partner alongside Huawei and Nokia. Vendor’s involvement appears to have sparked a small jump in BT’s March 2021 rollout targets.

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Enterprise (B2B)

McRae: collaboration with enterprise ‘critical’ in 5G era

BT aiming to embed with enterprise through the development of new ways to work with business enabled by 5G technology. McRae his typically sceptical self on network slicing proliferation, but has faith in the underlying principles of the technology in the right circumstances. The BT Chief Architect maintains that ...