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: #299
September 2018: 60pp
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Executive brief

Group

Legal: PwC still plans to sue EE over alleged Phones 4U collusion [p.6]

  • EE already paying the price for Phones 4U problems

Innovation: Automation needs analytics, AI and avocados [p.8]

  • Azvine on evolving security threats and innovations

Table: People movements [p.10]

Consumer

Network: EE recycles spectrum for 4G, counts down to 5G [p.13]

  • Allera injecting urgency across operations

Products and services: BT Mobile adds SIM-only data to bundled offerings [p.15]

  • Table: BT 4G data SIM-only monthly plans
  • Free BT Sport returns…

Television services: BT TV expands content deal with UKTV [p.18]

Enterprise

Contracts: BT wins UK Health and Social Care Network contract [p.22]

Products and services: BT overhauls cloud phone platform for enterprise users [p.24]

Payphones: BT pushes on with InLinkUK, despite council resistance [p.26]

  • Westminster slams InLink as “hoardings with a cursory phone attached”
  • Fears of crime wave dog InLinkUK plans
  • Camden comes to BT's defence, as rollout edges onwards

Global Services

Strategy update: Burger plots Global Services digital revival [p.30]

  • Table: Global Services' key strategic programmes, September 2018
  • Table: BT's “best in breed” partners, September 2018
  • Alliances: BT relents and signs up to ngena [p.40]
  • Table: ngena service provider partners, September 2018

Contracts: Rajant mesh deployed by BT for DP World network [p.43]

  • Rajant's framework agreement fleshed out

Dynamic Network Services: SNAP promises customers control at their finger tips [p.45]

  • Drawing on open source with a DevOps attitude

Openreach

Contracts: Openreach signs discounted deal with Sky [p.48]

  • Sky's 750,000 ultrafast lines by 2023

Digital Britain: Government predicts £500m in BDUK gainshare benefits [p.50]

  • DCMS penetration rates running ahead of themselves
  • Openreach beats Scottish superfast targets, but next steps uncertain

Operations: Openreach employees make shift from BT [p.54]

Further reading

Index

Symbols

21st Century Fox
- Sky
- NOW TV 18
Sky Sports 18

A

Alibaba 44, 56
Alphabet
- Sidewalk Labs
- Intersection 28
Amazon 18, 34, 44
- Amazon Web Services 34, 44
Audit Scotland 52, 53, 57

B

Bain Capital 11
Bouygues Group 53
BoxNation 16
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 19, 56
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 50
BT Group 8, 10, 11, 31, 40, 44, 54
- BT Consumer 10, 11, 15
-- BT Cloud 24, 25
-- BT Mobile 15, 16
-- BT RingCentral 24
-- BT TV 16, 18
-- BT Vision 18
-- Plusnet 11
- BT Enterprise
-- BT Business & Public Sector 11, 24, 54
-- BT Fleet 10
-- BT Media & Broadcast 10
-- BT Northern Ireland 54
-- InLinkUK 26, 27, 28
- BT Global Services 11, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 56
-- BT Advise 11
-- BT Americas 11, 31
-- BT Connect 45
- BT International 39, 56
- BT Security 31, 35, 41, 56
- BT Technology, Service and Operations 8, 11
-- Azure 34, 44
-- EE 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 25, 41, 55
-- Emergency Services Network 10
- Executives
-- Allera, Marc 13
-- Burger, Bas 31
-- Caporaso, Tania 10
-- Gupta, Ashish 31
-- Harrap, Richard 10
-- Hughes, Mark 31, 35
-- Hunt, Priya 11
-- Keith, Stuart 10
-- Knight, Lynsey 10
-- Langridge, Keith 46
-- Matthews, Drew 10
-- Patterson, Gavin 41
-- Pecorari, Maria Grazia 31, 33
-- Pellon, Eloy 11
-- Simpson, Michael 10
-- Smith, Martin 31, 36
-- Summerfield, Andy 25
-- Van Guyt, Tom 11
-- Walker, Liz 31
-- Wood, Martin 10
- Ex-executives
-- Hanif, Mansoor 11
-- Petter, John 11
-- Wilson-Dunn, Mark 10
- Openreach 11, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, 57

C

Check Point Software 34
China Unicom 40
Cisco Systems, Inc. 31, 34, 40, 45
CK Hutchison 11
- Three Group
- Three UK 14, 16, 17
Colt Technology Services 11

D

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS, UK)
- Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 50, 51
Deutsche Telekom 40, 41
- T-Mobile 41
Digital Britain 50, 57
Dixons Carphone 7, 17, 55
DP World 43

E

Emirates Airline 39
Equinix 40
European Union 15

F

Fédération Int. de Football Assoc. (FIFA) 16
- World Cup 16, 55
Football Association 16
ForeScout 34

G

Gartner Group 25, 44
Genesys 34
Gigaclear 53
Goldman Sachs 57
Google 28, 34

H

High Court 7
Highlands and Islands Enterprise 53

I

IBM 44

K

Kingston Communications (KCOM) 23

L

Liberty Global 49
Virgin Media 16, 19, 49

M

Manx Telecom 25
Microsoft 34, 44
Ministry of Defence (MoD) 10

N

National Health Service (NHS, UK) 11, 22, 23, 56
- HSCN 22, 56
- N3 22, 23
Netflix 18
Nokia 14, 34, 45
- Nuage Networks 45
Npower 11

O

Ofcom 11, 27, 54
Oracle 34
Orange 10, 41

P

Palo Alto 34
PCCW 40
Phones4u 6, 7, 17, 55
PricewaterhouseCoopers 6, 7, 55
Primesight 28

R

Rajant 43, 44
RingCentral 24, 25, 56
Royal KPN 40

S

SAMENA Telecommunications Council 39
SK Telecom 40
Smart Mobile Lab 14, 55
SSE plc 53
- SSE Enteprise Telecoms 53
StarHub 40

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group 11
Technology
- 3G 13, 14, 55
- 5G 8, 13, 14, 55, 56
- Broadband 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 57
- CCTV 27
- Convergence 11
- Ethernet 22
- Fibre 11, 22, 23, 49, 52, 53
- Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) 53, 57
- Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) 49, 53
- G.fast 48, 49
- HD 16, 56
- ICT 31
- Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) 44
- Internet of Things 43
- IP 11
- LAN 45
- MPLS 38
- Next-generation access (NGA) 11
- OTT 18
- SMS 25
- Tetra 55
- Unified Communications 24, 25, 38
- Unified Communications as a service (UCaaS) 25
- Video-on-demand 18
- VoD 18
- VoIP 23, 27, 44
- Wi-Fi 14, 15, 22, 27, 28, 56
Telecom Infra Project 11
Telefónica 6, 17
- O2 UK 16
Telekom Austria 40
Telstra 40
Toople 23, 56

U

UKTV 18, 19, 56

V

Verizon Communications 11
- Verizon Enterprise Solutions 11
Vodafone 6, 16, 17
UK 6, 16, 17

Z

Zscaler 34

  • New platform offers software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) technologies.
  • Underlines, once again, the close partnership with Cisco.

BT Global Services unveiled Service and Network Automation Platform (SNAP), a new base upon which customers will be able to deploy SD-WAN and NFV technology. The platform sits within BT’s global network, and customers will access its capabilities through managed services such as BT Connect Services Platform.

The operator says SNAP’s flexible, open source architecture has allowed it to pick and mix technologies from a range of vendors. Once again, Cisco and Nuage Networks are at the centre of the virtual services portfolio. The use of SD-WAN controllers from Nokia-owned Nuage was highlighted, as was the option of using controllers and network service orchestration tools from Cisco.

The close partnership between Cisco and BT for SD-WANs has been evidenced regularly in recent months, with the two companies heavily promoting the work they do together (BTwatch, #287, #297, and #298).

BT said that through SNAP, it had extended orchestration from its core network to third-party cloud data centres and into customers’ local area networks (LAN) and data centre LANs. This is to provide end-to-end visibility, and enable customers to control and configure applications on servers in the cloud from their laptops and other devices. The operator claims that control commands can flow through BT’s systems in minutes, whereas previously it could have taken weeks.

Drawing on open source with a DevOps attitude

BT built SNAP on open source software and industry-standard languages — such as YANG for network modelling, TOSCA to define services, and virtual network functions (VNF) service chaining — to gain sufficiently high levels of automation and compatibility between technologies.

The operator has pulled its SD-WAN and NFV expertise and skills into a dispersed Centre of Excellence (CoE) to support customers throughout the services’ lifecycle, from design to deployment and operations. BT is investing in training and tools for the team in areas like YANG, Netconf protocol and TOSCA, to build and deepen skills that it says are in short supply.

The CoE is located across BT’s key development and customer support centres. It will build a picture of a customer’s hybrid network, and monitor it, using the latest tools based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. This should enable the team to identify performance and prioritisation issues regarding applications at every layer in a customer’s network.

BT says the CoE uses approaches akin to those used to develop cloud applications, such as DevOps, setting up teams with all the skills and capabilities needed for the lifecycle of a service. It also aligns with ‘serverless’ cloud, where the design, provisioning and operation of infrastructure for applications are outsourced to managed cloud services providers.

Hybrid growth engine

Keith Langridge, Vice-President of Network Services at BT, highlighted that the “unique” environment created by BT would enable customers to deploy SDN services alongside existing technology.

Stating that the platform “makes the promise of software-defined services an operational reality,” the comments from Langridge reflect a key belief within the Global Services division that hybrid environments are in demand from customers, and will enable the speedy acceleration of adoption of digital services (see separate report).

  • BT’s Dynamic Network Services programme (BTwatch #293) is designed to give customers more choice, support, security, resilience, service and agility in rolling out networks to enable digital transformation.

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