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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

  • BT’s mobile business is continuing to push its spectrum strengths and putting increased carrier aggregation into action.
  • Consumer CEO Allera is also working on building his personal brand as a serial network innovator.

EE is to convert 3G spectrum for 4G use on more than 500 towers in the next six months. This is to meet the performance demands of top-of-the-range smartphones and their owners, and pave the way to 5G.

3G usage on EE’s network is decreasing sharply as customers are now making more calls on 4G than 3G for the first time. The company said that converting the 2100MHz spectrum to use for 4G will give the sites concerned five ‘carriers’ or bands of spectrum for 4G – more than any other UK operator.

The latest smartphones can support connections to all five simultaneously, through 5CA carrier aggregation technology. The operator chose sites where demand for mobile internet is greatest, in cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Exeter, Hull, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.

EE is in a race to be the first to switch on a commercial 5G network in the UK in 2019 (BTwatch, #296). 5G sites will be built on top of the upgraded sites that have the maximum amount of 4G spectrum, in the busiest areas. Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer business, said, “the customer experience of 5G will be dictated by the quality of the 4G network underneath”.

BT’s 5G trial is scheduled to go live in October 2018 (see BTwatch, #297). It will involve connecting five homes and five small businesses within an area from Shoreditch in the East End of London, to St Paul’s in the City of London, where the company has its headquarters (for now at least — BTwatch, #296). The ten trial customers will have wireless broadband connections faster than 1Gbps.

Allera injecting urgency across operations

Allera promoted his strategic vision for 5G and the future of BT’s Consumer business in an interview with the Financial Times that coincided with the latest BT spectrum switch.

In the feature, Allera suggested the telco needs to instil a sense of “positive pressure” within its culture to build impetus across its retail operation. He is executing a strategy to converge the fixed and mobile networks, with an expectation of creating a single smart network built on a software-defined foundation, telling the Financial Times, “we are preparing both fixed and mobile for a 5G future”.

Allera stressed that 5G is a network of networks, striving to meet the demand for fast, reliable, ubiquitous connectivity, which would be delivered through “intelligent navigating across fixed, mobile and Wi-Fi” and predicted infrastructure that would be “more adaptable, scalable, responsive and reliable than ever before.”

Despite the bold predictions for a 5G utopia, Allera also warned about the dangers of hyping the technology, pointing to how expectations around 3G were inflated and the public deflated when it arrived. He commented in the Financial Times piece, “3G taught us a lesson in financial prudence while 4G taught us how to deploy rapidly at scale…it wasn’t until 4G that the taps were really opened: data growth took off as the applications emerged, and the performance of 4G fuelled the need to be connected.”

In the Financial Times interview, Allera let it be known that he is on the cusp of a remarkable telecoms hat trick: he was Chief Commercial Officer at Three UK when it launched the first 3G network in the UK in 2003, and held the same position at EE when it was the first to launch 4G in 2012. EE expects to launch the first commercial 5G service in 2019.

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