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EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Strategy: BT and Openreach spark heated debate on UK fibre [p.6]

  • McTighe calls for state help to secure a fibre future

FTTH conference: Speakers [p.7]

  • UK finally makes its mark in full fibre
  • Building a network no‑one wants — yet…
  • Mesch winds up BT, calls for a regulatory refocus
  • Hyperoptic wants Ofcom to focus more on offering alternatives
  • Sherman plays up the generation gap
  • The Sherman and Mesch SmackDown

Transformation: Beyond the heat, a little light… [p.12]

  • BT taking to the streets for access revolution

BT Italia scandal casts long shadows [p.13]

  • Ex CEO Patterson gives forth

BT TSO: BT selects Ciena’s data centre interconnect platform [p.15]

  • Watson outlines 2019 priorities

Suppliers: Industry pushes back on Huawei ban prospect [p.17]

  • Fact‑based assessments and UK processes as a guide
  • Huawei stands up for itself…
  • …BT stands by its partner
  • … and Huawei notes BT putting money where its mouth is

People [p.20]

  • Table: People movement highlights

Social Responsibility: BT backs charity Jangala to develop low‑cost Wi‑Fi [p.22]

CONSUMER

5G: Mavenir and Nokia tapped for future 5G, VMware in at the start [p.24]

  • EE flags key 5G partners at MWC
  • OnePlus and Qualcomm also in on the act
  • Allera on 5G

Networks: Allera hints at 5G sharing with Three [p.26]

  • BT defends interests under rural coverage pressure

Products and Services: EE launches inclusive data offers [p.30]

  • Zero‑rated data, with net neutrality protections
  • Data Pass offers a long‑term binge opportunity

BT expands BT Sport availability, keeps up monetisation [p.32]

  • Further developments planned as BT commits to content innovation

Suppliers: BT renews contract with Synchronoss for BT Cloud [p.34]

  • Paywizard deal expands to cover PPV

ENTERPRISE

Contracts: BT supplies LoRaWAN network to Northumbrian Water [p.38]

InLinkUK: Another rollout blow for InLinkUK [p.39]

Partners: Resilient smartnumbers deal renewed [p.41]

Products and Services: BT and Mavenir promote new shared vRAN solution [p.42]

  • BT hopes to appeal to landlords and operators with a problem shared
  • Operators on board as 5G approaches
  • Open to Open RAN
  • Mavenir on a roll

Pelipods put to work in Final Mile offering [p.45]

GLOBAL SERVICES

Partners: Kollective role in Qumu BT deal flagged [p.48]

OPENREACH

Fibre: Universal FTTP promised for Salisbury in 2020 [p.5]

  • Copper retirement plans step up a gear
  • Building a fibre environment to Openreach’s liking
  • Copper closure entwined with PSTN plans
  • New ribbon cables to take fibre further, faster

Products and Services: Openreach aims for improvements with chatbots and analytics [p.54]

  • Openreach praise for quick Qlik analytics
  • fast self-install offers Consumer head‑start

Digital Britain: New unit to target state funding [p.57]

Networks: On‑demand and fibre‑only offerings edge forwards [p.58]

Competitors: TalkTalk maintains Openreach role in fibre goals [p.59]

  • Openreach a long‑term partner for TalkTalk network future‑proofing
  • Vodafone raises pressure on dark fibre
  • Cooperation on sharing bigger masts mooted
  • Virgin Media updates on Lightning

Regulatory: Ofcom asks for views on Openreach [p.62]

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Symbols

21st Century Fox 20

 - Sky

  --  Sky Sports 36

A

ADVA Optical Networking 21, 24, 44

Alphabet

 - Google

  --  Android 26

Amazon 30, 31, 36, 64

 - Amazon Prime 30, 31, 64

América Móvil 34

Apple 30, 32, 64

 - Apple Music 30

AT&T 34

B

BoxNation 32, 35

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 33

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 57

BT Group 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 22, 24, 41, 48, 54, 58, 60, 62

 - BT Consumer 19, 21, 25, 26, 34, 36, 56, 61

  --  BT Broadband 32, 34

  --  BT Cloud 34

  --  BT Infinity 21

  --  BT TV 32, 35, 36

  --  Plusnet 14

 - BT Enterprise

  --  BT Facilities Services 14

  --  BT Ireland 40

  --  BT smartnumbers 41

  --  BT Wholesale & Ventures 45

   ---   InLinkUK 39, 64

   ---   Pelipods 45

 - BT Global Services 13, 21, 41, 47, 48, 65

  --  BT Italia 13, 14

  --  BT Radianz 65

  --  BT Security 21

  --  BT Technology, Service and Operations 15, 63

   ---   Adastral Park 14, 22, 44

   ---  Innovation Martlesham 22

 - BT Tower 42

 - Directors

  --  Kirkby, Allison 20

  --  McTighe, Mike 7

 - EE 12, 14, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 35, 36, 43, 64

 - Emergency Services Network 21, 28

  --  MBNL 26

 - Executives

  --  Allera, Marc 19, 26

  --  Artley, Jennifer 48

  --  Auguste, Bernie 21

  --  Bathia, Anika 21

  --  Beer, Jackie 20

  --  Bouji, Rewa 20

  --  Calder, Marianne 20

  --  Cameron, Richard 13

  --  Catton, Neil 20

  --  Chatham, Jason 21

  --  Coulson, Nigel 21

  --  Diss, Jo 20

  --  Draper, Elizabeth 21

  --  Evans, Peter 40

  --  Hindhaugh, Jamie 33

  --  Hunt, Priya 21

  --  Jenner, Angela 21

  --  Jones, Gavin 43

  --  Kirkpatrick, Andrew 21

  --  Korzeniewski, Paul 21

  --  Ladha, Neynes 21

  --  Loxley, Tim 21

  --  Maddison, Amanda 20

  --  Maltarp, Damien 40

  --  Marshall, Danny 21

  --  McQuade, Gerry 40

  --  Milligan, Katie 61

  --  Pollard, Mark 21

  --  Selley, Clive 50

  --  Sherman, Michael 7, 10

  --  Sims, Chris 38, 40

  --  Swinden, Matt 21

  --  Tendler, Alice 21

  --  Thomas, Carl 21

  --  Watson, Howard 16, 48

  --  Whale, Andy 53

 - Ex-executives

  --  Alvarez, Luis 13

  --  Patterson, Gavin 11, 14, 20, 63

  --  Sciolla, Corrado 13

 - Openreach 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 21, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 65

C

CBRE Group 14

CBS 53

Ciena 15, 63

Cisco Systems, Inc. 15, 48

CityFibre 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 50

CK Hutchison 26

 - Three Group

  --  Three UK 19, 25, 26, 28, 43

Comcast 36

Communications Workers Union 14

D

Dell EMC 24

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS, UK)

 - Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 65

Digital Britain 57

E

ECI 58

Electricite de France 45

 - EDF Energy 45

Electronic Communications Code 12

Equinix 21

Ernst & Young 20

European Union 18

F

Facebook 44

FTTH Council 6, 7, 63

Fujikura 53

G

Gemini 48

General Electric Co. (GE)

 - NBC Universal

  --  National Broadcasting Company (NBC) 36

Goldman Sachs 10

H

High Court 39

HTC 25, 64

Huawei

 - Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre 18, 19

Huawei Technologies 17, 18, 19, 24, 58, 63, 64

Hyperoptic 7, 8, 9, 10

I

IndyCar 36

Inmarsat Ventures 21

Internet Service Provider Association 61

ISS 14

J

Jangala 22, 63

Juniper Networks 15

K

Kingston Communications (KCOM) 20, 61

Kollective 48

KPMG 13

L

Liberty Global 61

 - Virgin Media 20, 32, 35, 36, 50, 61

M

Mavenir 24, 42, 43, 44

Microsoft 32, 54

 - Xbox 32, 64

Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL) 26

MTV 30, 31, 64

N

National Security Agency (NSA, USA) 18

Netflix 31, 36

Nokia 24

 - Nuage Networks 15

Northumbrian Water 38, 64

NTT 64

O

Ofcom 6, 7, 9, 14, 27, 28, 31, 36, 51, 53, 54, 60, 61, 62, 65

 - USO 12

OnePlus 25, 26, 64

P

Paywizard 35, 64

Persimmon 12

PricewaterhouseCoopers 13

Procter & Gamble 20

Q

Qlik 54, 55, 65

Qualcomm 26

Qumu 48, 65

R

Resilient plc 41, 64

 - smartnumbers 41

Riverbed Technology 48

Rolls-Royce plc 8

S

Salesforce 41

Samsung 32, 64

SFR 34

Sprint 25

Superfast Cymru 57

Synchronoss Technologies 34

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group 36, 56, 59, 65

 - FibreNation 59

Tata Group

 - Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) 48

Technology

 - 3G 19, 36

 - 4K (Ultra HD TV) 33

 - 5G 6, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 42, 43, 44, 63, 64

 - Broadband 8, 36, 40, 55, 56, 57, 61, 65

 - Cloud radio access network 44

 - Ethernet 54, 55

 - Femtocells 43

 - Fibre 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 40, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 65

 - Dark fibre 60

 - Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) 54, 57

 - Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) 6, 7, 8, 9, 50, 52, 53, 54, 61, 63, 65

 - G.fast 53, 56, 59, 61, 65

 - GSM 17

 - HD 35

 - HDR 33

 - Internet of Things 38, 45

 - IP 16, 58

 - LTE 38

 - LTE-M 38

 - M2M 45

 - Microwave 11

 - NB-IoT 38

 - OTT 32

 - PSTN 16, 52, 58

 - Smart TV 32

 - Ultra High Definition 33

 - Unified Communications 21, 41, 48

 - VoD 36

 - Wi-Fi 22

Tele2 20

Telecom Infra Project 22, 24, 44

Telecom Italia SpA 13

Telefónica 21, 26, 43

 - O2 UK 28, 43

Telstra 25

Top-Up TV 35

Transport for London 20

 - London Underground 20

TVPlayer 31

U

UEFA

 - Champions League 14

V

Verizon Communications 34

Visa 21

VMware 24

Vodafone 19, 26, 28, 43, 50, 54, 60, 65

 - UK 26, 28, 60

W

Walt Disney Company, The

 - ESPN 32, 36

Welsh Assembly 57

Westminster City Council 39, 64

Wipro Ltd 20

World Poker Tour 36

Y

YouView 21

  • While a low-key presence at MWC, Allera did note 5G plans with HTC and OnePlus, with the latter collaborating on app incubation projects.

Coinciding with Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, BT Consumer’s mobile network operator EE unveiled HTC’s 5G Mobile Smart Hub, which will accompany the operator’s launch of 5G services in the initial cities set to see the next-generation network upgrade.

The hub, which EE appears to consider will be a portable device, features a 5-inch high definition touchscreen and “long-lasting” power supply that will enable users to connect multiple devices to the 5G network.

The initial 5G launch will cover parts of Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. A further ten cities are expected to see partial coverage by the end of 2019.

EE envisaged the new hub being used for activities such as “online gaming on the move” and downloading or streaming ultra-high definition video.

Other operators that are expected to offer HTC’s 5G hub include rival Three UK, as well as operators Elisa (in Finland), Sprint (USA), Sunrise (Switzerland), Telekom Deutschland (Germany), and Telstra (Australia).

OnePlus and Qualcomm also in on the act

Device manufacturer OnePlus highlighted its relationship with both EE and chipmaker Qualcomm as it pushed its 5G credentials at MWC 2019.

Marc Allera, BT Consumer Chief Executive, referred to EE and OnePlus’s “shared vision” on the future of 5G, and the two companies are said to have a research and development partnership focused on 5G connectivity.

The first 5G-compatible device, featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset and X50 5G New Radio (5G NR) modem, is expected to have an exclusive UK launch on the EE network before the end of May 2019, at a starting price of £600. The BT mobile subsidiary already offers the Android-based OnePlus 6T smartphone, which it began stocking in November 2018.

The device maker is also running a 5G development contest and inviting startups to submit ideas for applications particularly suited to 5G technology, with five winners to be invited to work with EE and OnePlus, receive financial support, and have access to EE’s 5G test network in the UK.

Allera on 5G

In further comments during MWC 2019, Allera also discussed expectations for the 5G launch.

He emphasised that 5G’s launch, with accompanying premium-priced handsets, would be focused on early adopters, but noted that this group would be critical in setting the tone for the development of the market. The introduction of new form factors, such as the highly-publicised foldable devices, was particularly seen as a significant contributor towards stimulating market evolution. But while the focus on 5G handsets in MWC coverage tended towards the high-end foldable devices, Allera also stressed the importance of making handsets available at a range of price points, and to engage with a variety of suppliers.

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