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February 2019: 62pp
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Executive brief

Group

Management update: Q3 FY18-19: BT prepares for a new dawn -- or a false one [p.6]

  • Table: BT Group, financial highlights, 9m FY18-19
  • “That's all folks!” -- Patterson rides off with few regrets
  • Jansen foreshadows new management approach
  • Allera instigating a risky change for BT's highest profile business
  • Divisions: Consumer hot streak coming to an end under operational pressure
  • Table: BT Group, performance by unit, 9m FY18-19

5G: CCS links with BT for trial of gigabit backhaul [p.14]

  • CCS confident in capabilities of unlicensed spectrum for 5G and beyond

People [p.16]

  • Table: People movement highlights

Consumer

Broadband: BT pilots new line speed test for customers [p.20]

Pricing and tariffs: BT Consumer moves towards inflation-linked annual price changes [p.25]

ESN: ESN hit by BT plan to remove Huawei from EE core [p.28]

  • No delays on EE plans
  • Despite BT support, Huawei remains under pressure

Enterprise

Contracts: EE and Enterprise pick up £21m deal from Scottish Police [p.32]

Innovation: Digital Catapult to launch BT-backed Future Networks Lab [p.34]

Ireland: BT promotes FTTP in Ireland [p.36]

  • NBP still offering hope of expansion

Global Services

Contracts: BT provides more fibre to European Food Safety Authority [p.39]

  • … but faces loss of EU contracts after Brexit
  • BT's multi-million pound relationship with Europe's authorities
  • Future not looking bright, but BT battling on

Operations: Global Services secures licence to bill in China [p.42]

  • Building relations with China in testing times

Suppliers: SevOne to provide enterprise insights in virtualised world [p.44]

Openreach

Digital Britain: Openreach wins £22.5m Superfast Cymru Phase 2 deal [p.47]

Fibre First: Openreach names new Fibre First locations, puts FTTP on the map [p.49]

  • Table: Fibre First rollout schedule
  • Fibre map unveiled
  • 3,000 new recruits trumpeted
  • New fibre engineering school opens in Peterborough

Products and services: Openreach promotes new fibre expansion products [p.52]

  • Openreach eyes government funding opportunity

PSTN: Lessons for BT as PSTN switch-off process moves up a gear [p.54]

  • Don't force consumers into it, and work on communications with end users
  • Focus on end-user needs more than technology's capabilities
  • Vulnerable users may need more support
  • A regional approach is best
  • Work closely with Ofcom and industry

Further reading

Index

A

Alphabet

 - Google

  --  Android 33

Apple 22

 - iPhone 22

Aptos 18

ArcelorMittal 16

ASSIA 21

B

Barclays 16

BlackBerry 32

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 15

Broadband Stakeholder Group 54, 60

BT Group 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 30, 47, 54, 55, 58

 - BT Centre 13

  --  BT Consumer 9, 16, 17, 20, 25, 26, 33

  -- BT8500 Advanced Call Blocker 27

  -- BT Mobile 9, 59

  -- BT TV 9, 17, 25, 26, 59

  --  MyDonate 13

  --  Plusnet 20, 21

 - BT Enterprise

  --  BT Business Direct 45

  --  BT Business & Public Sector 17, 45

  --  BT Expedite 18

  --  BT Facilities Services 12

  -- BT Ireland 36, 37

  -- BT Media & Broadcast 17

  -- BT Wholesale & Ventures 17

  --  InLinkUK 33, 35, 59

 - BT Global Services 10, 11, 18, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 45, 60

  -- BT Connect 45

  --  BT Enìa 39

  --  BT Italia 12, 58

  --  BT One Voice 41

 - BT Supply Chain 17

 - BT Technology, Service and Operations

  --  21CN 56

 - EE 10, 11, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 33, 59

  --  Emergency Services Network 17, 28, 32, 59

 - Executives

  --  Allera, Marc 9, 25

  --  Anthony, Robin 18

  --  Barlow, Kelly 17

  --  Bird, Matt 33

  --  Bird, Simeon 17

  -- Bohannon, Henry 17

  --  Burger, Bas 42

  --  Cokayne, Paul 17

  --  Cross, Julian 18

  --  Dewnarain, Gyanee 16

  --  Dickson, Rob 18

  --  Evans, Peter 36

  --  Evatt, Simon 16

  --  Farnsworth, Richard 16

  --  Frumkin, Simon 29

  --  Gauterin, Mike 17

  --  George, Tucker 16

  --  Graham, Rachel 18

  --  Hanlon, Peter 18

  --  Hoare, Christina 18

  --  Hole, Brendan 17

  --  Jackson, Brian 37

  --  Junge, Daniel 18

  -- Kearney, Georgina 16

  --  Lowth, Simon 11

  --  Maniar, Tejal 17

  --  Mather, Ked 18

  --  McGarraghy, Sarah 18

  --  McQuade, Gerry 35

  --  McRae, Neil 30

  --  McShane, Paul 16

  --  Parker, James 18

  --  Ravindranath, Hriday 45

  --  Reeves, Richard 16

  --  Reynolds, Richard 17

  --  Richard Mahomed, Faisal 17

  --  Richards, Polly 17

  --  Rider, Daniel 16

  --  Roche, Maurice 17

  --  Ryan, Jonathan 17

  -- Selley, Clive 6, 11

  --  Sherman, Michael 16

  --  Singh, Tony 17

  --  Tate, Richard 17

  --  Watson, Howard 55

  --  Weir, Paul 18

  --  Wimmer, Werner 18

  --  Young, Stacy 17

 - Ex-executives

  -- Bushell, Delia 17

  --  Petter, John 9

  --  Openreach 6, 10, 11, 18, 33, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 60

 - Products and services

  --  One Cloud Cisco 45

C

Cambridge Communication Systems 14

CBRE Group 12

Cisco Systems, Inc. 18

CityFibre 48

CK Hutchison 12

 - Three Group

  --  Three UK 22, 23, 24

Comic Relief 13

Commercial Broadcasters Association 26

Communications Workers Union 12, 58

Credit Suisse 12

Cushman & Wakefield 13

D

Deutsche Telekom 55

Digital Britain 47, 60

Digital Catapult 34, 35, 59

E

Eir 36

Eni 12

Ericsson 29

European Union 26, 39, 40, 41, 60

 - European Commission 40, 41

European Parliament 40

F

Fiat SpA 12

G

Gartner Group 16

Getronics NV 18

Global Wireless Solutions 22, 59

Goldman Sachs 48

H

Home Office (UK) 28, 29, 33

House of Commons

 - Public Accounts Committee 24

Huawei Technologies 28, 29, 30, 33, 43, 59, 60

I

IBM 34

Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) 53

InterDigital 15

ISS 12

K

Kingston Communications (KCOM) 20

L

Leeds City Council 37

Liberty Global

 - Virgin Media 15, 21

M

Mediaset 12

Millicom 16

Ministry of Defence (MoD) 59

MotoGP 27

Motorola 29, 32, 33, 59

Motorola Solutions

 - Airwave 28, 32, 33

N

Nokia 29, 37

O

Ofcom 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 48, 51, 56, 57

 - LLU 60

 - Physical infrastructure access (PIA) 60

 - Wholesale Line Rental 60

Office for National Statistics (UK) 25

P

Pure Telecom 37

R

Retelit SpA 12

Rohde & Schwarz 22

RootMetrics 24, 59

S

SamKnows 21

Samsung 22, 32

SevOne 44, 45, 60

Siemens 34

Sony 26

 - Sony Pictures Television 26

Stobart Group 35

Superfast Cymru 47, 48

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group 20

Technology

 - 3G 23

 - 5G 14, 15, 30, 34, 35, 58, 59, 60

 - Broadband 17, 20, 21, 26, 36, 37, 48, 49, 54, 55, 59, 60

 - CCTV 37

 - Ethernet 52

 - Fibre 6, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 27, 36, 37, 39, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 60

 - Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) 36, 51

 - Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) 11, 27, 36, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 55, 56, 60

 - G.fast 11

 - GSM 16

 - ICT 18

 - Internet of Things 34

 - IP 54, 55, 56, 57, 60

 - IPTV 17

 - LLU 51

 - LPWA 34, 35

 - LTE 34

 - LTE-M 34

 - mmWave 14, 15, 58

 - NB-IoT 34

 - Private circuits 52

 - PSTN 54, 55, 56, 57, 60

 - SIP 41

 - VoIP 55, 56

 - Wi-Fi 20, 21, 33, 35, 37, 44

Telecom Italia SpA 12, 58

Telefónica 15, 22, 23, 24

 - O2 UK 22, 23, 24

telent 33

Texas Instruments 34

Tutela 23, 59

V

Viacom

 - Channel 5 27

Vodafone 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 35, 48

 - UK 22, 23, 24, 35, 48

W

Walt Disney Company, The 26

World Economic Forum 43

Z

Zeetta Networks 15

  • Potential for unlicensed spectrum as an enabler of gigabit connectivity being trialled by BT and partners (including CCS in Smart Tourism trial).
  • BT following through with interest in development of a multi-access network playing to converged operator strengths.
  • CCS appears to have rebooted with a management reshuffle, including the arrival of Michael Foliano as a non-executive director presumably tied to a strategic relationship with his employer, ADTRAN.

Testing is underway of a BT-backed self-organising wireless mesh installed in Bath, UK, which is intended to demonstrate smart tourism applications in urban environments.

The pilot network runs on 60GHz unlicensed millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum at speeds of up to 12Gbps per radio, enabling smart tourism experiences using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Small Metnet units, supplied by Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS), are deployed on existing street furniture to extend fibre connections and provide low latency, high-speed wireless connectivity. The network nodes were deployed in a single day by electrical contractors without frequency planning or manually aligning antennae.

The trial is part of the 5G Smart Tourism project, which has received £5m in funding from the UK government as part of a wider £41m Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport programme of 5G research (BTwatch, #295).

The Smart Tourism project is running in Bath and the neighbouring city of Bristol, and led by the West of England Combined Authority. In total, it brings together 25 organisations. Other partners in the trial are InterDigital, the University of Bristol Smart Internet Lab, and Zeetta Networks (a 2017 entrant into BT’s Telecom Infra Project-aligned UK Ecosystem Acceleration Centre).

As part of the Smart Tourism project, the consortium has deployed Metnet 26GHz licensed radios in Bristol, and provided services over Zeetta’s NetOS network management platform for network slicing.

Content and technology for the AR and VR elements are provided by the BBC and animation studio Aardman, with support from the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab.

CCS confident in capabilities of unlicensed spectrum for 5G and beyond

Metnet from CCS is described as a self-organising 5G mmWave mesh backhaul, which can be rapidly deployed and deliver high capacity and ultra-low latency at the network edge. In the UK, the independent vendor is also working with Telefónica UK and Virgin Media in the City of London for wireless mesh coverage and the development of next-generation services (Telefónicawatch, #127 and passim).

Speaking to Market Mettle in 2018, Steve Greaves, CCS founder and former Chief Executive, highlighted the potential for using unlicensed spectrum in the UK – particularly for operators such as BT that have fixed-line assets as well as licensed mobile spectrum.

“With unlicensed, people tend to worry about reliability. But we can guarantee rates. We can guarantee quality of service. We deliver licensed band quality of service with an unlicensed band flexibility. We also believe the 60GHz product will reach far beyond small-cell backhaul; we see a big demand for fibre extension, DSLAM backhaul, and residential/enterprise access, but the point is you can still use that same system if you wish, [and] then add small cells to it. ” – Greaves.

Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect at BT Group, has also spoken positively of the role that unlicensed spectrum will play within a multi-access network model (BTwatch, #296).

CCS appears to have rebooted over the last year or so, with CEO Greaves exiting in November 2018, fellow co-founder John Porter switching from CTO to Chief Scientist, industry veteran Martin Harriman now executive Chairman, and Paul Morris (ex-Qualcomm/CSR) the new CTO. Also interesting is the arrival of Michael Foliano as a non-executive director, presumably tied to a strategic relationship with his employer, ADTRAN (where he is Senior Vice-President of Global Operations). It is unclear whether ADTRAN has joined Softbank and other earlier backers as a significant investor.

Image: CCS

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