BT’s public sector and mobile-focused divisions were involved in international testing of new military communications solutions, as the telco strives to develop a role as a facilitator positioned between smaller technology developers and major institutions.

BT revealed it had acted as orchestrator and integrator on a pilot project with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) during April 2016’s joint UK-France Griffin Strike military exercise to trial so-called “Smart HQ” technology that enables rapid deployment of command and control functions in remote and potentially hostile environments. EE also supported the project.

Built on technologies developed in commercial settings, Smart HQ is intended to provide network functionality using backhaul based on any available connectivity (military or civilian satellite, fixed-line, or mobile 3G/4G). It provides field commanders with collaborative tools and real-time information in an agile and flexible manner, in order to support operational decisions.

Within the non-commercial pilot, BT is providing global network connectivity and secure, compliant cloud services. It is also acting as lead integrator for a variety of solutions from “ten to twelve” technology partners, including Antillion, Cisco, Cyber1st, Nexor, pureLifi, Rajant, Secure Cloud, and Systematic, as well as BT Group subsidiary EE.

Small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) featured heavily among the technology companies with which BT was working. The telco was keen to highlight its ability to support MoD goals of increasing procurement spending with SMEs to 25% by 2020 (while not increasing the operational management burden on the government body that working with a diverse range of smaller suppliers can bring). According to Bill Holford, BT’s Director of Defence, this arrangement could act as a new model of MoD procurement in the future.

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  • Smart HQ is designed to replace conventional command and control centre deployments. These are said to be time- and resource-intensive, with their requirement for extensive internal fibre-optic cabling, large constituent of support personnel, and several days required to set up and dismantle. It is estimated that the Smart HQ system could save £1.5m annually in cabling costs alone.
  • As tested, the technology utilises Li-Fi, which employs the visible light spectrum rather than radio frequencies for high-speed wireless data communication. This apparently offers greater security and safety, as well as reducing infrastructure complexity and energy consumption. Also employed was mobile encryption technology (to provide high levels of network security) and the cloud (for data storage and processing, to decrease local hardware requirements). Additionally, the system features smart and wireless charging capabilities.

Image Credit: Ministry of Defence

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Report: #278
Covering: July 2016
Published: August 2016
Next report: September 2016
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Table of Contents

3 Executive brief
5 Group
6 Strategic Review
8 Digital Britain
10 Openreach legal separation proposals – reaction
12 Q1 FY16-17
17 Legal
19 Research
21 Suppliers
24 People
25 Consumer
26 BT Sport
26 Customer service
27 BT Wi-Fi
27 Television services
28 Competitors
30 EE
31 Applications
31 Products and services
32 MVNOs
33 MBNL
34 Partners
34 Research
36 Technology
36 Resellers
38 Business & Public Sector
39 BT Ireland
41 BT Defence
42 Global Services
43 Security
43 Cloud services
44 Research
47 Wholesale & Ventures
48 BT Tikit
48 Contracts
50 Openreach
51 Trials
53 Competitors
56 Further reading
60 Index

Index

Symbols

21st Century Fox
Sky
NOW TV 28, 32
– – Sky Movies 35
– – Sky Sports 28, 35

A

Adtran 52
Amazon 28, 44
– Amazon Prime 28
– Amazon Web Services 44
Antillion 41
Avanti 14
Avanti Communications 14
Avaya, Inc. 46
Axiom 21

B

Barclays 14
Bkonex 27
Blacknight 39
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 26, 32
– iPlayer 32
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 8, 9, 14
Broadsoft 48
BT Group 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 31, 40, 41, 43, 46, 52, 54
– BT Business & Public Sector 14, 15, 16
– – BT Ireland 39, 40
– – BT Local Government 24
– BT Consumer 12, 15, 16, 19, 26, 32
– – BT Broadband 31
– – BT Cloud 43
– – BT Infinity 19
– – BT Mobile 12, 15, 16, 19
– – BT Sport Europe 31
– – BT TV 15, 24, 27, 28, 31, 32
– – BT Wi-Fi 27
– – Plusnet 26
– BT Global Services 13, 14, 16, 24, 42, 43, 44, 46
– – BT Advise 24
– – BT Assure 21, 44
– – BT Benelux 24
– – BT Germany 24
– – BT Security 21
– – Spain 43
– – Stemmer 24
– BT Pension Fund 13
– BT Technology, Service and Operations 7, 52
– – Brightstar 24
– – Infinity Lab 19
– BT Wholesale 13, 14, 16, 47, 48, 49
– BT Wholesale & Ventures
– – IP Exchange 22
– – Tikit 48
– EE 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 24, 26, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 41
– – MBNL 33
– Executives
– – Allera, Marc 19
– – Alvarez, Luis 43
– – Chanmugam, Tony 13, 24
– – Hischer, Stefan 24
– – Holford, Bill 41
– – Lockwood, Steven 24
– – Lowth, Simon 13, 24
– – McQuade, Gerry 48
– – Patterson, Gavin 8, 10, 13, 40
– – Petter, John 32
– – Scarlett, Jo 24
– – Selley, Clive 51
– – von Roenne, Hubertus 44
– – Walsh, Shay 39
– Ex-executives
– – Koppitz, Rainer 24
– – Rafferty, Steve 46
– – Timmons, Emer 24
– Openreach 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 39, 50, 51, 52, 53
– – Equality of Access Board 7

C

Canonical 35
CA Technologies 23
Chelsea FC 36
Cisco Systems, Inc. 41, 44
CityFibre 17, 18, 33, 53, 54
CK Hutchison
– Three Group
– – Three UK 10, 33
Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg, Ireland) 39
Competition and Markets Authority 10, 17
Competition Appeal Tribunal 17
CSL 24
Cyber1st 41

D

Daisy Group 48, 49
– ServAssure 49
Darktrace 21
deltatre 26
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS, UK)
– Bradley, Karen 8
– Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 9, 14
– Hancock, Matthew 8
Deutsche Telekom 19, 24, 35
Digital Britain 8, 9, 14
DTV Services
– Freeview 28

E

Eir 39, 40
Equinix 33, 44
European Union 8, 40, 53
– European Commission 17

F

Facebook 31, 34, 35, 40
– OpenCellular 34, 35
Fédération Int. de Football Assoc. (FIFA) 26
Federation of Communication Services 9
Fonehouse 32
Football Association
– Premier League 26, 27
Frost and Sullivan 44
Fujitsu 24

G

Galileo 33
Gamma Telecom Ltd 32
Gigaclear 14, 53, 54
Glastonbury Festival 36
Google 31, 34
– Android 31, 34
– Google Maps 31
– YouTube 28

H

HBF 54
Home Builders Federation 54
HP Inc 44
HSBC 14
Hyperoptic 53

I

Infrastructure Investors Group 18
Interxion 44

K

Kingston Communications (KCOM) 17, 54
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) 21

L

Latitude 36
Liberty Global
– Virgin Media 18, 26, 27, 32, 54
Lime Microsystems 35
Linklaters & Alliance 48
Linux 39

M

Magnet Networks 39
Microsoft 44, 48
– Skype 48
Ministry of Defence (MoD) 41
Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL) 33
Monolith Software 33

N

Netflix 27, 28, 32
Nexor 41
Nintendo 31

O

Ofcom 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18, 26, 39, 40, 51
– Carrier pre-selection 49
– Physical infrastructure access (PIA) 51
– Strategic Review of the Telecoms Sector 6
– USO 14
Oracle 43, 44

P

Post Office 26
pureLifi 41

Q

Quantum Strategic Partners 53

R

Rajant 41

S

Salesforce 44
Samsung 36
Satellite Solutions Worldwide 14
– Avonline 14
– EuropaSat 14
Secure Cloud 41
See.Sense 19
SK Telecom 35
Spotify 28
Strategy Analytics 27, 28

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group 9, 10, 26, 28
– Harding, Dido 10
TechHub 19
Technology
– 2G 34
– 3G 34, 41
– 4K (Ultra HD TV) 27, 28
– ADSL2+ 28
– Broadband 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 18, 26, 27, 28, 31, 35, 40, 49, 53, 54
– Ethernet 17, 49
– Fibre 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 28, 33, 35, 41, 51, 52, 53, 54
– Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) 53
– G.fast 52, 53
– HD 27, 28
– IN 22
– Internet of Things 24, 44
– IP 22, 34, 43, 46
– IVR 22
– Next-generation networks (NGN) 22
– TDM 22
– Ultra High Definition 27, 28
– Unified Communications 46, 48
– VDSL 14, 52
– Vectoring 52
– Wi-Fi 34
Tele2 33, 34
Telecom Infra Project 34
– OpenCellular 34, 35
Telefónica 19, 34
TeliaSonera AB 34
Teligent 22
Twitter 31

U

UEFA 26
– Champions League 26
– Europa League 26
UnitedLex Corporation 21

V

Vodafone 9, 26, 32, 33, 34, 39
– UK 26, 32

W

Walt Disney Company, The
– ESPN 31

X

X-Factor 22

Z

Zayo Group 18