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BT continued to enhance its sports production capabilities with the addition of new graphical analysis software from Ericsson to enhance the studio elements of its sports coverage.

Ericsson heralded a deal with BT Sport that will see the BT unit use its new PIERO Augmented Reality (AR) solution. The module enables the overlay of 3D sports analysis graphics in real-time during live studio productions and sports games. BT is the first Ericsson customer to use the new offering.

Ericsson said the AR graphics can be produced instantaneously, either by a system operator or by a presenter using a tablet device, and appear visible on the studio floor, enabling broadcasters to illustrate the analysis sequence without cutting away. Ericsson added that the software integrates with major studio tracking systems and popular sports data service providers.

BT is already using the PIERO sports software system (beyond the new AR module) for its football coverage and, according to Ericsson, has now signed up to also use it to provide graphics and analysis for its rugby coverage.

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The PIERO deal builds on an existing relationship between BT and Ericsson around sports broadcasting. In June 2015, BT Sport agreed a new “multi-year” contract with the vendor around the launch of its BT Sport Europe, BT Sport Showcase, and BT Sport Ultra HD channels, with Ericsson taking responsibility for the design, build, and operation of a range of new services for BT Sport, including a multi-screen and interactive BT Sport Extra ‘red button’ service, enabling viewers to choose between eight UEFA games broadcast live simultaneously (BTwatch, #267). At the same time, the companies also announced the extension of their existing broadcast and media services contract for BT Sport 1 and 2 for a further three years. In addition, Ericsson supplies various production equipment, such as encoders and compression equipment, to BT (BTwatch, #268 and #275).

In June 2015, BT also signed a similar contract with 3D graphics solutions provider RT Software to supply its tOG-VR3D AR graphics service (BTwatch, #267) to provide overlay graphics for its UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League coverage on the BT Sport Europe and BT Sport Ultra HD channels.

Image: © Ericsson.

Table of Contents

3 Executive brief
5 BT Group
6 Digital Britain
7 Suppliers
9 People
11 Legal and regulatory
14 Technology, Service & Operations
15 Research and development
17 Suppliers
18 Network
20 Consumer
21 Broadband
21 Advertising
22 Corporate social responsibility
22 Devices
22 BT Sport
23 Television services
25 Competitors
25 Channel partners
26 Customer service
27 Regulatory
31 EE
32 Channel partners
32 ESN
33 Customer service
33 Network
34 Pricing
34 Products and services
35 Legal & regulatory
36 Spectrum
37 Television services
39 Global Services
40 BT International: Americas
41 BT International: Europe
41 Security
42 Vertical markets
43 Wholesale & Ventures
44 BT Redcare
44 BT Media & Broadcast
45 Partners and resellers
46 Tikit
46 Wireless networks
48 Openreach
49 G.fast
50 Trials
51 Networks
51 Products and services
54 Regulatory
56 Further reading
62 Index

Index

Symbols

3CX 45
21st Century Fox
– Sky
– – Sky Go 37
– – Sky Sports 22, 24

A

ADTRAN 49
Advertising Standards Authority 22, 26
Alcatel-Lucent 15
Apple 34, 35
– iPhone 35
Arqiva 25
Audit Scotland 6
Avanti 33
Avanti Communications 33

B

Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC) 11, 12
Boeing 45
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 37
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 6, 8
BT Group 5, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 40, 42, 46, 49
– BT Business & Public Sector 25
– BT Consumer 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 32, 33
– – BT Home Hub 22
– – BT Infinity 16
– – BT Sport Europe 29
– – BT TV 23, 24, 44
– – MyDonate 22
– – Plusnet 18, 21, 22
– BT Global Services 39, 40, 41, 42
– – BT Americas 40
– – BT Assure 40
– – BT Compute 40
– – BT Connect 40
– – BT International 40, 41
– – BT Italia 41
– – BT Radianz 9
– – BT Security 8, 41, 42
– – Customer Innovation Showcase 42
– BT Technology, Service and Operations 15, 17
– – Adastral Park 9, 15, 22, 42
– – Infinity Lab 16
– BT Wholesale 32, 43, 45
– BT Wholesale & Ventures
– – BT Media & Broadcast 44
– – BT Redcare 44
– – Tikit 9, 46
– Directors
– – Rake, Sir Michael 9
– EE 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37
– – Emergency Services Network 32, 36
– Executives
– – Allera, Marc 33
– – Al-Qassab, Zaid 21
– – Artley, Jennifer 40
– – Fisher, Anne 17
– – Gómez, Loly 40
– – Huggins, Neil 44
– – Hughes, Mark 8, 41
– – Patterson, Gavin 13
– – Petter, John 13, 23
– – Selley, Clive 49, 50
– – Singh, Tony 28
– – Watson, Howard 15
– Openreach 13, 18, 27, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54
– – Broadband Enabling Technology (BET) 52
– Products and services
– – One Cloud Microsoft 41

C

Channel 4 22, 37
CityFibre 25, 52
CK Hutchison 36
– Three Group
– – Three UK 13, 35, 36
Competition Appeal Tribunal 52

D

Daisy Group 45
Darktrace 42
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS, UK)
– Bradley, Karen 13
– Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 6, 8
Deutsche Bank 23
Deutsche Telekom 16, 34
Digital Barriers 44
Digital Britain 6, 8

E

ECI 51
EMC 17
Emirates Airline 23
Equinix 18
Ericsson 29
Ernst & Young 9
European Union 6, 11, 12, 13, 35, 54
– European Parliament 11

F

Facebook 23
Football Association 23
– Premier League 23

G

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd 33
Google 23, 28
– DoubleClick 23, 28
– YouTube 23
Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ, UK) 7, 8

H

High Court 35
Home Office (UK) 32
Huawei
– Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre 7
Huawei Technologies 7, 8, 9, 49

I

INFINIDAT 17
Infrastructure Investors Group 52
Intel 42, 51
ITV 37
Iveco 44

J

Juniper Networks 9

L

Liberty Global 9
– Virgin Media 13, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 52
– – Virgin Media Business 25
Lime Microsystems 16

M

Megahertz 44
Microsoft
– Skype 41
Motorola Solutions
– Airwave 32

N

National Audit Office 32
Nimans 25, 32
Nokia 15, 49

O

Ofcom 13, 23, 27, 33, 34, 35, 36, 51, 52, 54
– LLU 50
– Strategic Review of the Telecoms Sector 13
– USO 50
Omnicom Group
– Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO 21, 23

P

Panasonic 45
PepsiCo 45
Phones4u 35
PricewaterhouseCoopers 35
Prosperoware 46

R

Radius Communications 45
Redwood 45
RT Software 29

S

SafeToNet 16
Sagemcom 22
Sckipio 49
SPIE UK 18
Standard and Poor’s 9

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group 13, 22, 25, 54
– Ultra Fibre Optic (UFO) 25
TechHub 16
Technology
– 3D 29
– 3G 36
– 4K (Ultra HD TV) 44
– ADSL 50, 52
– Broadband 6, 8, 13, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 33, 34, 45, 46, 50, 52
– CCTV 44
– Ethernet 45, 51
– Fibre 6, 8, 18, 25, 26, 33, 40, 44, 49, 50, 51, 52
– G.fast 8, 15, 49
– HD 29, 44
– Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) 17
– Internet of Things 15, 42
– IP 21, 40, 45
– IPTV 12
– IPv6 18, 21
– LLU 54
– LTE 12, 32, 33
– M2M 32, 42
– Private circuits 54
– R&D 42
– SIP 45
– Tetra 32
– Ultra High Definition 44
– Unified Communications 41, 45
– VDSL 50, 52
– VDSL2 50
– Vectoring 49, 50
– Video-on-demand 23
– VoD 23
– VoIP 45
– Wi-Fi 22, 25, 34, 46
Telecom Italia SpA 41
Telefonica 36
Telefónica 16, 32, 35, 36
– O2 UK 32, 35, 36

U

UEFA 23, 24, 29
– Champions League 23, 24, 29
– Europa League 23, 24, 29
Ultimate Fighting Championship 22

V

Viacom
– Channel 5 37
Vodafone 8, 9, 13, 26, 32, 33, 35, 36
– UK 32, 35, 36

W

WPP 21
– GroupM 21
– Maxus 21, 23
– MEC 21

Z

Zayo Group 52

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About BTwatch

Report: #279
Covering: September 2016
Published: September 2016
Next report: October 2016
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