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EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

Innovation: BT trumpets opening of quantum network link for tests [p.6]

  • Key partnerships for quantum leap
  • Staying ahead of the bad guys

BT working with IIIT-D in India to develop optical networks and quantum security solutions [p.8]

Nework: BT banks on Nokia's silicon to boost backbone capacity [p.9]

  • McRae sings Nokia's praises -- and of BT's developmental role
  • McRae's enthusiasm for fellow travellers

BT improves national network's timing in preparation for 5G [p.12]

  • More ADVA-wins in BT projects

Competitors: BT plans to move resources closer to cloud's edge and customers [p.15]

  • Edge technology to foster new markets
  • Experimenting at the edge
  • Where's the money in edge and 5G?

Transformation plans: Transformation plans heat up under Prospect resistance [p.18]

  • …as CWU reaches deal on BTFS outsourcing plan
  • And finally, some good news for BT staff

Jansen prepares to kick-off in public [p.22]

Corporate responsibility: More BT Italia allegations trickle through [p.20]

  • Reuters links post-fallout management to Italian woes

People [p.23]

  • Table: People movement highlights

CONSUMER

BT Sport: BT Sport to produce Amazon's Premier League content [p.26]

BBC wins new FA deal; no word on BT Sport yet [p.27]

  • BT Sport expected to pay for women's football in future

ESN: ESN said to offer in-building gains over Airwave [p.29]

Expanding vendor ecosystem

  • PAC keeps seeking accountability for “failure” as audit looms

Advertising: CityFibre loses 'fake fibre' judicial review [p.32]

Networks: Allera fights back on rural roaming coverage [p.33]

Channel: Reports claim EE approved new Dixons Carphone terms [p.34]

Suppliers: BT upgrades performance management across contact centres [p.35]

ENTERPRISE

Management Update: Enterprise sets out to prove its worth [p.37]

  • McQuade a steady hand at the helm
  • Sims' six priorities

Strategy: Enterprise key numbers [p.39]

  • Table

Enterprise partners highlighted, Cisco to the fore [p.39]

  • Maltarp on slimming down and building meaningful relationships
  • Declining voice the main headwind…
  • ... IP voice a key element of recovery
  • Is SD-WAN a trap, or a gold mine?
  • Public sector comeback

Ireland: Offloading BT Ireland on BT horizon [p.43]

  • Ofcom launches probe into BT's conduct in NI PSSN tender

GLOBAL SERVICES

BT Security: QiO signs for BT security services [p.46]

Contracts: BT wins £5.1m NATO deal for support services [p.47]

Partners: Cloudreach and BT link for hybrid options [p.48]

OPENREACH

Fibre: Ofcom lays groundwork for fibre acceleration [p.50]

  • Giving altnets tools to fight, and Openreach freedom to race
  • Altnets told to toughen up

Regulation: Ofcom's fibre growth approach [p.52]

  • End-users may feel short-term pain

Competitors: Sky shopping around for fibre, as Openreach competition intensifies [p.54]

Fibre: Openreach FTTP rollout reaches 20,000 premises per week [p.55]

FURTHER READING

INDEX

A

ADTRAN 56

ADVA Optical Networking 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 57

 - Oscilloquartz 12, 13

Advertising Standards Authority 32, 58

Alphabet

 - Google 16, 19, 48

 - YouTube 27

Amazon 16, 26, 48, 58

 - Amazon Web Services 48

AnalogFolk 32

AstraZeneca 23

Atos 23

AT&T 53

Avaya, Inc. 37, 39, 40

B

Barclays 28, 58

Bigtincan 53

Blackstone 48

BlueSky 39

BoxNation 27

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 27, 28, 58

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 55

Broadband Forum 56

BroadSoft 37, 39, 40

BT Group 6, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 32, 35, 38, 40, 43, 56, 58

 - BT Consumer 19, 23, 26, 32, 33, 35

  --  BT Mobile 23

  --  BT TV 26, 27

  --  Plusnet 32, 39, 58

 - BT Enterprise

  --  BT Business & Public Sector 14, 23, 37, 41

  --  BT Facilities Services 19, 57

  --  BT Ireland 38, 43, 44

  --  BT Local Business 39

  --  BT Northern Ireland 43

  --  BT Wholesale & Ventures 21, 37

  --  InLinkUK 44, 58

 - BT Global Services 8, 20, 24, 38, 40, 45, 46, 47, 48, 59

  --  BT Assure 46

  --  BT Germany 24

  --  BT Global Communications India 8

  --  BT Italia 20, 21

  --  BT Security 24, 40, 46, 59

 - BT Technology, Service and Operations

  --  Adastral Park 6, 8, 13

  --  Azure 16

  --  Innovation Martlesham 6, 8

 - EE 9, 10, 12, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41

  --  Emergency Services Network 29, 58

 - Executives

  --  Adams, Michelle 23

  --  Allera, Marc 33

  --  Barrett, Spencer 24

  --  Best, Steve 37, 42

  --  Cavill, Tim 24

  --  Chinni, Vinod 24

  --  Collis, Alasdair 23

  --  Cuevas, Maria 15

  --  Currer, Michael 23

  --  Daniels, Lisa 23

  --  Foster, Stephen 24

  --  Grimes, Georgia 24

  --  Guest, Richard 23

  --  Gupta, Ashish 24

  --  Hall, Stephen 23

  --  Hischer, Stefan 24

  --  Hum, Alex 23

  --  Jackson, Darren 23

  --  Kirkman, Matthew 55

  --  Lewin, Ryan 23

  --  Maltarp, Damien 37, 40

  --  McQuade, Gerry 37

  --  McRae, Neil 10, 13

  --  Morgan, Tristan 24

  --  Morgetroyd, Howard 23

  --  O Neill, Colm 37, 42

  --  Patel, Chet 24

  --  Pecorari, Maria Grazia 48

  --  Pedler, Stewart 23

  --  Pronk, Kees 24

  --  Raes, Stijn 24

  --  Reynolds, James 23

  --  Robinson, Nicola 23

  --  Sherman, Michael 32

  --  Sims, Chris 37, 39

  --  Sundaresan, Hari 14

  --  Sutherland, Graham 14

  --  Till, Simon 23

  --  Tomlinson, Mike 37

  --  Toombs, Samantha 23

  --  van Oers, Joris 24

  --  Vincent, Anthony 24

  --  Wain, Anthonie 24

  --  Wallage, Steve 23

  --  Watson, Howard 10

  --  Wightman, Bernadette 24

  --  Wigmore, Rachel 23

  --  Wilson, Peter 23

 - Ex-executives

  --  Patterson, Gavin 18

  --  Taylor, Max 24

 - Openreach 9, 13, 19, 22, 24, 43, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59

C

Cambridge University 6, 13

CBRE Group 19

Cisco Systems, Inc. 11, 24, 37, 39, 40, 42

 - Meraki 40

CityFibre 32, 54

CK Hutchison

 - Three Group

  --  Three UK 33

Cloudreach 48, 59

Communications Workers Union 18, 19, 57

D

Dixons Carphone 34

E

eir 43, 58

Elecosoft 31

Emirates Airline 8, 27

Equinix 16

Ericsson 11

F

Facebook 32

Football Association 27, 28, 58

 - Football League 26

 - Premier League 26, 27, 58

G

Goldman Sachs 32

H

Halfords 23

HCL 23

High Court 32, 43, 58

Home Builders Federation 55

Home Office (UK) 29, 30, 31

House of Commons 31

 - Public Accounts Committee 31, 58

Huawei Technologies 10, 11

Hyperoptic 54

I

ID Quantique 6, 7

Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) 55, 59

Indian Institute of Science 8

Intel 56

International Telecommunication Union 56

ISS 19

ITV 27, 58

K

Kingston Communications (KCOM) 14, 24

KPMG 24

L

Liberty Global 54

 - Virgin Media 14, 27, 53, 54, 59

M

Mavenir 13

Medallia 39

Mi Cloud 39, 40

Microsoft 16, 48

 - LinkedIn 21, 24

Motorola Solutions 30

 - Airwave 29, 31

N

National Audit Office 31

National Centre for Computing Education 19

NATO 47, 59

NFL 26

NICE 35, 58

Nokia 9, 10, 11, 56, 57

Northern Ireland Public Sector Shared Network 43

NTT 24

 - Dimension Data 24

O

Ofcom 14, 17, 22, 34, 43, 50, 51, 52, 54, 58, 59

Orange 16, 24

Orange Business Services 24

P

Pace Micro Technology 37

Phones4u 34

Q

QiO Technologies 46, 59

Quantum Communications Hub 6, 7

QuintessenceLabs 7, 57

R

Real Time Content 7

Renault 16

RingCentral 39, 40

Rolls-Royce plc 19

Royal KPN 24

S

Samsung 30

Sierra Wireless 30, 58

Sunset + Vine 26, 58

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group 53, 54, 59

 - FibreNation 53, 54

Tech Mahindra 7, 8

Technology

 - 5G 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 40, 44, 51, 57

 - Blockchain 17

 - Broadband 8, 9, 14, 23, 32, 40, 41, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59

 - Ethernet 9, 13, 14, 30, 44

 - Fibre 6, 9, 13, 22, 32, 40, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59

 - Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) 32, 55

 - Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) 9, 32, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59

 - G.fast 54, 56, 59

 - G.mgfast 56

 - HD 27

 - ICT 8, 43, 44

 - Internet of Things 7, 16, 30, 46

 - IP 9, 10, 17, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41

 - LTE 29, 30

 - LTE-Advanced 30

 - PSTN 40

 - Quantum Key distribution 6, 7, 57

 - Unified Communications 40

 - Wi-Fi 30

Technology Strategy Board 46

Telefónica 24

 - O2 UK 33, 34

telent 30

ThoughtSpot 39

Transport for London

 - London Underground 30

Twitter 32

U

Ultimate Boxxer 27

University of Cambridge 6

V

Vodafone 24, 33, 34, 41, 43, 44

 - UK 24, 33, 34, 44

W

Walt Disney Company, The

 - ESPN 28

Westbase.io 30, 58

  • Technology from ADVA-owned Oscilloquartz is to underpin synchronisation for BT networks as they edge towards 5G.
  • ADVA also picked up BT recognition for sustainable solution development.

BT is deploying high-capacity synchronisation technology from ADVA Optical Networking’s Oscilloquartz subsidiary to make better use of its spectrum assets. The timing solution will distribute stable and sub-microsecond accuracy phase and time-of-day information, according to ADVA, replacing BT’s old timing network, which is based on frequency-synchronisation.

BT will start using the new timing approach to roll out 4G coverage in areas with little or poor coverage, as well as to deploy 5G services across the UK as the next-generation network develops.

ADVA’s solution, in the shape of OSA 5430 and OSA 5440 modules integrated with its network-management technology, is set to be deployed nationwide by BT, featuring in ten core time-base-sites, 106 metro time-sites and almost 1,000 tier-one-sites at the network edge.

Tom Bennett, Director of Network and Product Services at EE, has previously estimated that the operator would need 1,000 edge computing centres across the country to deliver the type of edge experience and new services that 5G promises (BTwatch #303), and, as Gil Biran, General Manager for Oscilloquartz, noted, “this [timing] network opens the door to the IoT services of the future”.

ADVA’s modular grandmaster clocks support various timing protocols over multiple 10Gbps interfaces. They include:

  • Network Time Protocol (NTP, developed by David Mills at the University of Delaware in 1981 to be fault-tolerant and scalable).
  • Precision Time Protocol (PTP, codified via IEEE 1588 for local systems needing greater accuracy than can be provided by NTP)
  • Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE, an ITU-T timing standard).

ADVA says these attributes provide “phenomenal holdover performance” (which demonstrates how well systems remain in synch), even in the case of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) outages, thereby meeting ITU-T G.8272 primary reference time clock (PRTC) requirements.

The technology can be combined with ADVA’s cesium clocks for enhanced PRTC levels of stability, accuracy and reliability, without GNSS.

BT Group Chief Architect Neil McRae said the output of the ADVA solutions would be “key to our 5G aspirations”. He also talked-up the modularity of the technology as a means of future-proofing the network, and the close cooperation that has been possible between teams from BT and ADVA.

“Adding robust, highly-accurate phase and time synchronisation unleashes the full potential of our network… The OSA 5430 and OSA 5440 [modules] offer the robustness of hardware-redundancy together with the scale we require to meet tomorrow’s needs. Their modular design also means that our network is ready to support future timing technologies without further upgrades. Our close partnership with ADVA’s team and their Oscilloquartz timing experts is another crucial factor. It’s been clear from day-one that they understood our core requirement for a flexible architecture with superb levels of precision and protection. ” – McRae.

ADVA is a longstanding supplier of infrastructure solutions to Openreach, and has also worked with BT Group across a number of key areas of research and development, including close collaboration around NFV and SDN (BTwatch, #260, #263, and #273), and recently helping to construct the UK’s “first” quantum-secured, high-speed fibre network between BT Labs in Adastral Park and Cambridge University (BTwatch, #297 and #304).

The vendor is also active on 5G development, having jointly demonstrated network slicing technology at Mobile World Congress 2018, and working with Mavenir to explore 5G fronthaul options that fit more closely with BT’s infrastructure plans (BTwatch, #294).

For the rest of this story, including details of more ADVA-wins in BT projects, subscribe to access the complete April release of BTwatch.

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