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BT is embracing virtualisation within its product portfolio with new network services from Cisco Systems and Nokia-owned Nuage Networks forming part of a new and evolving Dynamic Network Services roadmap.

BT Global Services highlighted an ongoing Dynamic Network Services project, which is focused on investing to develop new network capabilities for the telco around network function virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networks (SDN), and the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN).

The initiative is expected to enable a range of enhancements and new services that will fit within the BT Connect portfolio. BT added that the ongoing Dynamic Network Services programme, with a roadmap running into mid-2018, will see the development of new on-demand virtualised services. It also highlighted the opportunity for customers to “try before you buy” as a result of the software-based nature of the new offerings.

The early higher profile product iterations look set to build on offerings from Cisco and Nuage Networks, while Riverbed Technologies and Check Point Software Technologies have also been identified as partners in application acceleration and security, respectively.

As well as pushing forward with the development of its NFV and SDN capabilities, BT’s plans for investment in Dynamic Network Services reflect the operator’s strategy of leveraging the benefits of virtualisation to complement its position as a cloud services integrator as part of its “Cloud of Clouds” vision.

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Nuage to power imminent Agile Connect service

Nuage Networks is to provide BT Global Services with technology for a new SD-WAN service, set to launch commercially in 2017. It appears the new offering, which is built on Nuage solutions, will be called Agile Connect.

According to BT, Agile Connect will provide simple installation and centralised software control via SDN, and primarily targeted at new customers looking to migrate from multi-protocol label switching networks to lower cost SD-WAN alternatives.

Agile Connect will also include Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) capabilities to offer integrated “branch in a box” services, and enable customers to simultaneously control their on-premise and network applications via a low-cost, commodity-server, x-86-based solution (using a single physical CPE device rather than multiple appliances, with their associated delivery and installation costs).

Speaking at the SDN World Congress in October 2016, Neil McRae, BT’s Chief Architect, said the Nuage-based BT service would be handled by the same orchestration system that controls connections to the telco’s data centres and public clouds. He also underlined the operator’s aspirations to leverage its network capabilities to secure a place in the cloud-based application value chain.

“ Our goal is to be the customer’s networking department. We have connected hundreds of cloud providers to the network, and we know what works well for each cloud provider. ” – McRae.

New offering adds to existing hybrid alternatives

The selection of Nuage and the imminent launch of Agile Connect follow the launch of BT Connect Intelligence IWAN in January 2016, powered by Cisco’s Intelligent WAN (IWAN) solution (BTwatch, #273). The Cisco-based solution is framed by BT as a hybrid offering, overlaying virtualised network services built on Cisco routers.

BT flagged Agile Connect as sitting alongside BT Connect IWAN “for customers who want an alternative to Cisco”.

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Table of Contents

3 Executive brief
5 Group
6 Management update
10 Digital society
11 Acquisitions and disposals
12 Digital Britain
12 Operations
15 Research and development
16 People
18 Consumer
19 Broadband
19 BT Sport
19 BT Mobile
21 Television services
23 Competitors
25 EE
26 EE
26 Network
27 Regulatory
28 Devices
29 Business & Public Sector
30 Contracts
31 Acquisitions and disposals
33 Global Services
34 Contracts
34 Cloud services
35 Security
35 BT International: Americas
36 BT International: Europe
37 Partners
39 Wholesale & Ventures
40 Acquisitions and disposals
42 Products and services
43 Partners and channel
44 Openreach
45 Products and services
46 Network
46 Suppliers
48 Operations
50 Further reading
54 Index

Index

Symbols

21st Century Fox
– Sky
– – Sky Box Office 23
– – Sky Sports 23

A

Alphabet
– Google
– – DoubleClick 20
– – Google Pixel 26, 28
– Sidewalk Labs
– – Intersection 42
Amazon 34
– Amazon Web Services 34
Anglo American Plc 38
– De Beers 38
Apax 31
Apple 26
– iPhone 26
Aptos 31
Arena Television 21
Arqiva 22
Arsenal F.C. 19
AstraZeneca 6
AT&T 15

B

Benefex 12
Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC) 13
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 21, 22
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 10, 12
BT Group 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 30, 40
– BT Business & Public Sector 7, 8, 16, 30, 31, 46
– – BT Expedite 31
– – BT Fresca 31
– BT Consumer 8, 21, 23, 46
– – BT Broadband 19
– – BT Infinity 46
– – BT Mobile 8, 19, 20
– – BT TV 21
– BT Global Services 7, 8, 16, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38
– – BT Americas 35
– – BT Assure 35
– – BT Compute 34
– – BT Connect 37, 38
– – BT International 35, 36
– – BT Italia 7, 36
– – BT One Collaborate 38
– – MeetMe 38
– – One Source for Cisco TelePresence 38
– BT Pension Scheme 7
– BT Technology, Service and Operations 16
– – Adastral Park 16
– – Azure 34
– BT Wholesale 39, 43
– BT Wholesale & Ventures 8, 40, 42, 43
– – BT Directories 16
– – BT Fleet 40
– – LinkUK 42, 43
– – Pelipod 40
– EE 7, 8, 12, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 40
– – 4G Calling 28
– Executives
– – Aguirre, Alexis 35
– – Azarmi, Nader 16
– – Chanmugam, Tony 6, 7
– – Cimini, Gianluca 36
– – Hindhaugh, Jamie 21
– – Khetani, Asif 31
– – Lowth, Simon 6
– – McRae, Neil 37
– – Patterson, Gavin 6, 22, 36
– – Petter, John 23
– – Selley, Clive 8, 43, 48
– – Shah, Ameet 15
– – Truzzoli, Stefania 36
– – Whitley, Tim 16
– – Williams, Sean 10
– Ex-executives
– – Benjamin, David 16
– – Kemp, Martin 16
– – Lee, Deborah 16
– Openreach 6, 7, 8, 11, 23, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48
– Products and services
– – Family SIM 19

C

Capita 30
Carbon Clear 13
Channel 4 22
Charles Clinkard 31
Check Point Software 37
Check Point Software Technologies 37
China Mobile 15
Cisco Systems, Inc
– WebEx Communications, Inc. 38
Cisco Systems, Inc. 16, 21, 34, 37, 38
CityFibre 16
Computacenter 30
Co-operative Group 43
Critical Path 19
Crowd Connected 26
CSL 28

D

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS, UK)
– Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) 12
Deutsche Telekom 15
Digital Britain 12
Digital Economy Bill (UK) 10
DTV Services
– Freeview 22

E

Electronic Communications Code 12, 13
Equinix 34
Ericsson 16, 20, 28
European Union 12, 13, 14, 15, 27
– European Commission 12, 13, 14, 15, 27, 28
EXFO 46

F

Fat Face 31
Football Association
– Premier League 21
Fresca Limited 31
Fujitsu 30

G

Gigaclear 12
Google 20, 26, 28, 42
Grass Valley 21
Great Little Trading Co 31

H

Halfords 31
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 34
House of Commons 10
HP Inc 34
HTC 26
Huawei Technologies 16, 28

I

Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) 48
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
– Broadband World Forum 6, 11, 12
Interxion 34
ITV 21, 22

J

JCDecaux 43

K

Keppel DC REIT 15
Korea Telecom 28

L

Liberty Global 15
– Virgin Media 8, 11

M

Microsoft 34

N

Network Rail 11, 43
Nokia 28, 37
– Nuage Networks 37
Northern & Shell
– Channel Five 22
NSB Retail Systems 31

O

Ofcom 7, 11, 12, 23, 28, 46
– USO 10, 11
Omnicom Group
– Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO 21
Oracle 34
Orange 15

P

Post Office 16
Primesight 42, 43

R

Randstad 34
Riverbed Technology 37

S

Salesforce 34
Samsung 26
SCC 30
Sony 20
Surrey County Council 16
Swyx 43

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group 11, 22, 23
– Harding, Dido 11
Tech City 26
Technology
– 4K (Ultra HD TV) 20, 21
– ADSL 47
– Broadband 6, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 23, 45, 46
– CCTV 38
– CRM 31
– Ethernet 45, 46, 47
– Fibre 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48
– – Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) 8, 10, 11, 45, 46, 47
– Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) 10, 11, 14, 45, 46
– G.fast 6, 8, 10, 14, 45, 46
– HD 20, 21
– ICT 16
– Internet of Things 16, 42
– IP 21, 34, 38, 42
– LTE 26, 28
– M2M 40
– Microwave 38
– OTT 13, 20
– Private circuits 46
– SIP 43
– SMS 27
– Ultra High Definition 20, 21
– Unified Communications 38, 43
– VDSL 8, 45
– VDSL2 46
– Wi-Fi 12, 14, 31, 42, 43
Telefónica 15
– O2 UK 20
Telstra 26, 28
Tesco 22
Timeline Television 20
Toshiba 16
Transport for London 43
– London Underground 26

U

Unilever 13
United Nations 13
University of East Anglia 16

V

Valuation Office Agency 48
Verizon Communications 28
Videlio 21
Vodafone 11, 15, 16, 20, 23

W

Wagamama 31
WHSmith 31
WPP
– Maxus 21

Y

Yahoo! 19
YouView 8, 22

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About BTwatch

Report: #280
Covering: November 2016
Published: November 2016
Next report: December 2016
For more information visit: BTwatch