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: #297
July 2018: 52pp
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Executive Brief

Group

Trading Update [p.6]

  • BT updates with sketchy Q1 report
  • DT keeping the faith with BT

BT flags quantum leap in internet security [p.8]

  • ADVA and ID Quantique lend a hand
  • BT ups the ante with blockchain
  • BT gets in on blockchain patent action

BT's strategic ambitions to become a platform company [p.11]

  • BT prominent in API proof-of-concept demos
  • Table: People Movements

Consumer

EE to launch first UK live 5G trial network… [p.18]

  • Figure: 5G Momentum Index
  • BT defends early 5G launch plans

EE follows through with convergence, Consumer ups prices [p.20]

  • BT signs bespoke advertising deal with Channel 4
  • BT aims to objectify sport
  • More alarms sounded over ESN
  • BT/EE: A watching brief
  • EE launches smart number technology for Apple users

Global Services

Open sesame for BT Global Services? [p.30]

  • Alibaba's focus on Europe tightens
  • National security concerns may affect any agreement
  • BT Americas chief talks up geopolitics and security

Security

BT sues Fortinet for infringing network security patents [p.33]

  • BT holds patchy litigation record, but Counterpane credentials may help
  • What's a civil suit between friends?

Openreach

Government, Ofcom and Openreach commit to fibre [p.35]

  • Government aims for invigorated competition in a more open market
  • Ofcom prepares itself for a makeover
  • Openreach takes its first steps to fall in line
  • Openreach ramps up superfast rollout in Scotland
  • Fog clears as Wales updates on Superfast Cymru
  • Pension 'complexities' delay progress on Openreach separation

Suppliers

Huawei and Nokia entwined for Openreach fibre [p.43]

  • Go with what you know
  • Huawei takes another security hit, but deepens BT roots

Further reading

Index

Symbols

21st Century Fox
- Sky
-- NOW TV 21

A

Accenture 31
ADVA Optical Networking 8
Airbus 9
Alphabet
- Google
-- Android 27, 33
-- DoubleClick 23
Amazon 11, 30
- Amazon Web Services 30
Apple 11, 27
-- iPhone 27
Arqiva 15, 21
Atos 9
AT&T 13

B

BearingPoint 13
Blue Coat Systems, Inc. 33
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 14, 15, 21, 24
- BBC Trust 24
- iPlayer 21
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 38, 39
BT Group 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 24, 27, 30, 41, 42
- Asia
-- Tech Mahindra 13, 15
- BT Consumer 14, 20, 22, 23, 24, 37
-- BT TV 21
-- Plusnet 24
- BT Enterprise
-- BT Business & Public Sector 14, 15
-- BT Ireland 14, 15
-- BT Northern Ireland 42
-- BT Wholesale & Ventures 14
- BT Global Services 6, 15, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33
-- BT Americas 32
-- BT Compute 32
-- BT Counterpane 33
-- BT iNet 13
-- BT Italia 9, 30
-- BT Radianz 15
-- BT Security 33
- BT Pension Scheme 41
- BT Technology, Service and Operations 8, 12
-- Adastral Park 8, 44
-- Azure 30
- Directors
-- du Plessis, Jan 37
-- Hoettges, Timotheus 7
-- Rake, Sir Michael 9
- EE 6, 7, 12, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27
-- 4GEE Wi-Fi 20
-- Emergency Services Network 12, 25
- Executives
-- Allera, Marc 14, 19, 24
-- Artley, Jennifer 32
-- Glass, George 11
-- Haines, Steve 14
-- Hindhaugh, Jamie 24
-- Hughes, Mark 44
-- Lowth, Simon 7
-- Patel, Mahesh 14
-- Patterson, Gavin 9
-- Petter, Ed 24
-- Sabey, Jim 31
-- Selley, Clive 43
-- Tatham, Martin 15
-- Watson, Howard 12
-- Whitley, Tim 8
-- Willetts, Helen 24
- Openreach 6, 7, 14, 15, 20, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43

C

Cambridge University 8
Carillion 9
Channel 4 15, 21, 23
Cisco Systems, Inc. 30
CK Hutchison 19
- Three Group
-- Three UK 19, 22
Colt Technology Services 10
Communications Workers Union 40
Confederation of British Industry (CBI) 36
Credit Suisse 30

D

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS, UK)
- Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 37, 38, 39
- Hancock, Matt 38
Deutsche Telekom 7
Digital Britain 35, 38
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 24
DTV Services
- Freeview 21

E

Enarpee Services 22
Ericsson 13, 14
Ernst & Young 14
European Union 7, 10, 32
- European Court of Justice 27
EXFO 13

F

Facebook 8, 11
Financial Reporting Council 9
Fortinet 33
Fujitsu 9

G

Google 9, 23, 30, 33

H

Hewlett Packard Enterprise 30
Home Office (UK) 25, 26
House of Commons
- Public Accounts Committee 25
HP Inc 9, 15, 30
HSBC 24
Huawei
- Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre 44
Huawei Technologies 9, 10, 31, 43, 44
- Neul 44

I

IAS 19 6
IBM 9, 15, 30
Infosys 13
Intel 9, 31
ITV 15, 21

K

KDDI Group 13
Kingston Communications (KCOM) 14
KPMG 9

L

Liberty Global
- Virgin Media 14, 36
Linux 13
Lockheed Martin 9

M

Meetic
- Match.com 33
Microsoft 9, 30
Morgan Stanley 9
Motorola 26
Motorola Solutions
- Airwave 25, 26

N

NEC 9
- Netcracker 13
Nokia 9, 24, 43
NTT 9, 13

O

Ofcom 7, 12, 35, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42
- Strategic Review of the Telecoms Sector 38, 42
Omnicom Group
- Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO 23
Oracle 30
Orange 12, 13

P

PCCW 10
Pricewaterhouse Coopers 9

R

Raytheon 9
Royal KPN 9

S

SK Telecom 9
SSE plc 19
- SSE Enteprise Telecoms 19
Standard and Poor's 7
Strategic Review of the Digital Communications Market 42
Superfast Cymru 40
Symantec 33

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group 14, 15
Tech City 18
Tech Mahindra 13, 15
Technology
- 2G 12, 25
- 3D 24
- 3G 12
- 4K (Ultra HD TV) 13
- 5G 12, 13, 18, 19, 24, 35, 36, 37, 38
- ADSL 22
- Blockchain 10
- Broadband 7, 18, 20, 21, 22, 26, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40
- Fibre 7, 8, 19, 20, 21, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43
-- Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) 21, 22, 37, 39
-- Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) 20, 37, 38, 40, 41, 43
- G.fast 20, 22, 37, 43
- IP 6, 8, 22, 27
- mmWave 36
- OTT 21
- PSTN 12
- Quantum key distribution 8, 9
- Quantum Key Distribution 8
- VoD 21
- Wi-Fi 12, 14, 20, 27, 31, 38
Telecom Infra Project 8
Telecom Italia SpA 13
Telefónica 9, 10, 11, 19
- O2 UK 19
Telenor 13
Telstra 10
TM Forum 11, 12, 13, 32
Toshiba 8, 9
- Toshiba Research Europe 8

U

University of Cambridge 8

V

Verizon Communications 13
Viacom
- Channel 5 15
Vivendi 31
Vodafone 11, 12, 13, 26, 30, 31
- UK 26

W

Welsh Assembly 40
Wipro Ltd 13

Y

YouView 15, 21
- Halton, Richard 15

Z

ZTE 31

Jamie Hindhaugh, Chief Operating Officer of BT Sport, spoke at the Love Broadcast Summit in London during June 2018, and suggested that “object-based media” could be the next technology innovation to feature heavily in sports broadcasting.

The developing technology, which sees content broken into separate objects, is said to enable the broadcast transmission to be tailored to the individual requirements of the viewer. Elements of content that could be isolated include captions, camera angles, and onscreen graphics.

Hindhaugh sees this development as a progression from technologies such as ultra high-definition, high dynamic range pictures, 360˚ viewing, and Dolby Atmos sound, which also aim to bring audiences closer to the action.

The BT Sport executive was, however, more sceptical of the merits of 3D coverage and also virtual reality, despite BT’s trials in the area in conjunction with Nokia, among others (BTwatch, #287, #294, and passim; see also BT aims to be TV “super-aggregator”).

“We will start giving you objects, packages, templates, so you can create your own version of what you are watching. That’s where we’re going. That’s where the next big initiative is coming through, combined with 5G mobile.” – Hindhaugh.

Full analysis of BT’s sports strategy will be available to subscribers of the full BTwatch service in the next release.

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