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December 2018: 54pp
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Executive brief

Group

Research & Innovation: Watson calls for convergence and collaboration [p.6]

  • McRae talks tough with vendors…
  • … but has positive words for Huawei

Restructuring: Facilities management outsourced in restructuring step [p.10]

Suppliers: BT to remove Huawei from EE core as controversy rumbles [p.12]

  • Tensions rise between UK watchdog and vendor
  • Political pressure builds across the West

People [p.15]

  • Table: People movements

Consumer

5G: EE to use network slicing for football broadcasts in 2019 [p.19]

ESN: Emergency Services Network enters network coverage testing phase [p.20]

  • ESN products revealed to date
  • telent on a roll
  • LinkedIn chat reveals continuing concerns, suggests 5G research could help

Products & Services: Launch of Smart Hub 2 and Complete Wi-Fi for BT Plus customers [p.24]

  • Smart Hub 2 capabilities trumpeted
  • BT still adding gloss to packages

Tarriffs & Pricing: Pressure builds on BT pricing practices [p.27]

  • CMA provides added impetus

Television Services: BT-backed YouView ties with Amazon, VOD 365 [p.29]

Enterprise

Public Sector Contracts: BT cops IT implementation contract with police chiefs [p.31]

  • Northern Ireland provides further good news

INLINKUK [p.32]

Global Services

Cloud Services: BT's cloud disperses [p.35]

Contracts: BT has good SD-WAN chemistry with IXOM [p.36]

BT Security: BT Security plans European surge [p.38]

Openreach

Networks: Forward-focused Openreach tripping up on current capacity problems [p.41]

  • Openreach on the case
  • Openreach trials going slower to speed up

Competitors: Openreach ready for fibre build battle royale [p.44]

  • Brexit raises its head
  • Openreach faces new kid on the block for full-fibre
  • FibreNation in search of street cred
  • Ofcom gets 'flexible' on fibre regs

Further reading

Index

Symbols

21st Century Fox
- Sky
- NOW TV 29
Sky Sports 50

A

ADVA Optical Networking 7
Alphabet
- Google
- YouTube 19
Amazon 28, 29, 35
- Alexa 29
- Amazon Prime 29
- Amazon Web Services 35
Apple 24
Arqiva 29
Aviva 15

B

Betfred 28
BMW 17
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 15, 28, 29
- iPlayer 29
Broadband Forum 6, 19
BT Group 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 21, 27, 45
- Asia
-- Tech Mahindra 9
- BT Consumer 19, 24, 45
-- BT Cloud 35
-- BT Scotland 15
-- BT TV 26
-- Plusnet 24
- BT Enterprise
-- BT Business & Public Sector 15
-- BT Facilities Services 10
-- BT Fleet 17
-- BT Ireland 33
-- BT Wholesale & Ventures 15
-- InLinkUK 32, 50
- BT Global Services 9, 15, 34, 35, 36, 39, 51
-- BT Americas 15
-- BT Global Communications India 9
-- BT Security 15, 38, 39, 51
- BT Pension Scheme 15
-- Spencer, Paul 15
-- Thoresen, Otto 15
- BT Technology, Service and Operations
-- 21CN 12
-- Adastral Park 9, 49
-- Azure 23, 31
- Directors
-- du Plessis, Jan 45
-- Rake, Sir Michael 45
- EE 8, 12, 14, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 50
-- Emergency Services Network 12, 20, 50
- Executives
-- Allera, Marc 19
-- Brown, Kevin 15
-- Burger, Bas 15
-- Chamberlain, Gillian 33
-- Dick, Brendan 15
-- Hindhaugh, Jamie 19
-- McRae, Neil 7, 13
-- Meller, Hila 38
-- Murnaghan, Paul 32
-- Selley, Clive 44, 45
-- Watson, Howard 6, 8, 9
-- Watson, Marc 26
-- Wood, Jane 15
- Ex-executives
-- Galvin, Mike 15
-- Hanif, Mansoor 8
-- Hughes, Mark 15
-- Reynolds, Paul 47
-- Staples, Damien 15
- Openreach 15, 20, 21, 25, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 51
Business in the Community 15

C

Capgemini 15
Carillion 21
CBRE Group 10, 49
Cisco Systems, Inc. 7
Citrix 35
CityFibre 44, 47
CK Hutchison
- Three Group
-- Three UK 22
Communications Workers Union 10, 49
Competition and Markets Authority 28
Cushman & Wakefield 16

D

Deloitte 15, 31, 50
Deutsche Telekom 48
DMSL 15

E

ECI 43
Eleven Sports Network 26, 28
Emirates Airline 9
ExCel Arena 19

F

Facebook 28
Football Association
Football League 28

G

Google 35
Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ, UK) 13

H

Home Office (UK) 20, 21, 23, 50
Huawei
- Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre 13
Huawei Technologies 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 19, 42, 43, 49

I

IBM 35
Indian Institute of Science 9, 49
INEX 33
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
- Broadband World Forum 6
ISS 10, 49
ITV 29
IXOM 36, 51

K

Kingston Communications (KCOM) 11

L

Liberty Global
- Virgin Media 24, 26, 46, 47
LinkedIn 15, 23

M

M&G Prudential 47
- InfraCapital 47
Microsoft 23, 31, 35
Motorola 20, 21, 23, 50
Motorola Solutions
- Airwave 20, 21, 22, 23

N

National Police Chiefs Council 31
Netflix 29, 50
Nokia 7, 36, 42
- Nuage Networks 36
Northern Ireland Public Sector Shared Network 32, 50

O

Ofcom 8, 11, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51
- USO 11

P

Phones4u 14, 49
PricewaterhouseCoopers 14

Q

Qumu 39

R

Renault 17

S

Samsung 24
Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6, UK) 13
Setanta 28
Setanta Sport 28

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group 24, 25, 29, 46, 47, 51
- FibreNation 46, 47, 51
Tech Mahindra 9
Technology
- 2G 23
- 3G 23
- 5G 6, 7, 8, 13, 19, 23, 49, 50
- Artificial intelligence 29
- Broadband 6, 8, 11, 15, 19, 24, 25, 27, 41, 43, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51
- Convergence 49
- Fibre 24, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51
- Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) 41, 43, 48, 51
- Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) 42, 46, 47
- G.fast 24, 42, 43, 45, 51
- IP 33
- OTT 29
- Unified Communications 39
- VDSL 41, 43
- VDSL2 41, 42, 43
- Vectoring 43, 48
- Wi-Fi 6, 7, 8, 24, 25, 32, 49, 50
Telecom Infra Project 7, 8
Telecom New Zealand 47
Telefónica 14, 22
telent 20, 21, 50
The Climate Group 17
Twitter 10

U

Ultimate Fighting Championship 26
United Nations 17

V

Vodafone 14, 22
- UK 14, 22
Volkswagen 17

W

Which? 27, 50
Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) 6, 8

Y

YouView 15, 29, 50
- Halton, Richard 15

Z

ZTE 13

  • Clive Selley, Chief Executive (CEO) of Openreach, continued to build his forthright public profile, telling alternative network providers to “bring it on” in a keynote debate at the Independent Networks Cooperative Association Annual Conference 2018 in November 2018.

Selley, speaking in a head-to-head debate with CityFibre’s founder and CEO Greg Mesch, said Openreach is committed to being the country’s national provider and welcomed the efforts of altnet fibre players as a spark for faster development.

“This is [a] hugely exciting time in the evolution of our industry because [altnets] are building networks and what this has provoked is the competitive environment we are now all enjoying… We’ll see who can build fast, who can build high quality, and who can hit the right cost points.” — Selley.

Mesch, meanwhile, bemoaned a lack of funding commitments in the UK government’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (BTwatch, #300, #297, and #292), and said that a stronger regulatory framework was needed to encourage private investment by guaranteeing a decent rate of return for all players.

Selley reiterated his own regulatory expectations, calling for help in making it easier to gain access to premises and public spaces for installation work, and a lower tax environment for fibre infrastructure.

Mesch was also concerned about the risks of overbuild, and here Selley appeared particularly bullish, emphasising that Openreach is targeting the majority of the country as it attempts to build a fibre network as quickly as possible, with little regard for rivals’ plans.

This underlines the risks faced by altnets, as Openreach continues to expand its Fibre First programme while continuing with G.fast rollout in what could be described as secondary areas — the potential for altnets to find breathing space to invest without ultrafast competition from Openreach customers, including BT Consumer and the other major service providers, will become increasingly restricted.

Brexit raises its head

The debate also touched upon Brexit, and Selley warned it is essential to ensure Openreach can maintain access to European labour markets to support the labour-intensive work involved in full-fibre rollout.

Elsewhere, BT Group Chairman Jan du Plessis had his say on Brexit in recent weeks. Following a late-November 2018 meeting of business leaders held by Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May at 10 Downing Street, du Plessis praised May for her “tenacity and determination” and urged others to “get behind the PM” and her Brexit deal.

Meanwhile, former Group Chairman Sir Michael Rake is continuing to criticise the Brexit process, and is backing calls for a second referendum in a private capacity.

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