BT Wholesale & Ventures trumpeted the deployment of the 100th InLinkUK from BT kiosk in Wandsworth, London, bringing the rollout to seven London boroughs, as well as the city of Leeds, as part of the telco’s strategy of replacing its network of increasingly under-used public phone boxes.

  • BT said the booths had been used for more than 49,000 Wi-Fi sessions and 305,000 voice calls since their launch in 2017 (BTwatch, #280).

According to InLinkUK’s coverage map, there are currently 133 active InLink kiosks in the country, with a further 42 planned, comprising eight in Glasgow, another in Leeds, and the remainder in London. BT said it will install more than 1, 000 InLinks across UK cities “over the next several years”, with Neil Scoresby, BT’s General Manager for Payphones and InLink, adding that the telco was “in discussion with many local councils about installing more InLinks… to more London boroughs and major cities across the UK”. In May 2017, BT Wholesale & Ventures was reported to be working with Cardiff Council to potentially roll out up to 100 kiosks (BTwatch, #286), although the plans do not appear to have come to fruition after the decision was delayed until after the local elections in June 2017.

  • InLinkUK, which was formed in October 2016 and previously called LinkUK (potentially changed because of trademark issues with the Link ATM network), is a joint venture between BT, Intersection (a Google-backed media company that rolled out the similar LinkNYC network in New York, USA) and Primesight (a UK advertising company, which will place advertising on the displays to fund the service).
  • The booths, reported to cost in the region of £50,000, will replace BT public payphones while only taking one-third of the space. BT has said that, on average, for every two BT phone boxes removed, one InLink is installed. The kiosks act as high-speed Wi-Fi hotpots, offering free services such as IP voice calls and USB device charging via a built-in Android tablet.
  • Kiosks also incorporate two 55″ high-definition displays for access to advertising, maps, and local services. Matt Bird, General Manager at InLinkUK (appointed in December 2016 — BTwatch, #283), said it had created “hundreds of hours” of community content for the screens, and was working with the police to highlight community safety messages and events, with each InLink claimed to provide more than 1,000 hours of local messaging a year. The kiosks are accessible to sight-impaired users, and come equipped with BT’s Next Generation Text Relay app, to enable deaf and hard-of-hearing users to communicate. They are also more suited to potential smart city IoT deployments, and were said to be designed to be “modular and extensible to keep up with the latest technologies and user experience trends”, with additional apps and services rolled out on an ongoing basis.
  • Although the InLinks are touted to provide gigabit Wi-Fi speeds, 43 tests conducted by publication thinkbroadband for five of the boxes in London during August 2017 saw average speeds of 47.4Mbps download and 44Mbps upload, and peak speeds of 93Mbps down and 57Mbps up.

Images: BT.

Contents

EXECUTIVE BRIEF

GROUP

  • Keeping MBNL close…

5G research

BT and Ericsson update on network slicing trials… [p6]

  • The roaming drones
  • Unmanned Life representing for TEAC

… Ericsson re-ups BT economic research on slicing [p7]

  • Automation, automation, automation
  • Keeping up standards
  • BT won’t risk ‘build it and they will come’ approach
  • BT aims to share out slices
  • Not everyone convinced on slicing
  • Insight into BT 5G goals

BT participates in UK 5G testbeds [p10]

  • BT networks to underpin Cisco’s RuralFirst
  • Bristol remains a 5G testbed hotbed
  • Table 1: Overview of six 5G research projects launched by DCMS
  • BT research with Worcestershire source

BT TSO

Watson talks transformation within BT’s core [p12]

  • Watson chasing agile model
  • Watson talks up India’s role in BT success
  • Watson wants BT to be bold
  • Incumbent problems in a rapidly evolving world

Pensions

  • BT reaches union deals on pensions
  • BT reaches union deals on pensions, cont’d…
  • Federated to buy 60% of Hermes

People

  • Table 2: People movement highlights
  • High-profile Hanif heads for the door

CONSUMER/EE

BT Mobile

BT Mobile adds 4G and Wi-Fi calling [p18]

ESN

  • Pace of ESN rollout slows
  • ESN software and solutions ready for implementation
  • Under new management
  • Testing times for ESN
  • Hillier puts a rocket up Home Office

Networks

EE trumpets progress with 4G coverage [p20]

  • Key points of latest EE upgrade

Table 3: UK 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum auction results, April 2018

Spectrum

BT pays going rate for new 3.4GHz spectrum [p21]

  • Table 4: Current UK total mobile spectrum holdings
  • Table 5: UK 3.4GHz spectrum allocations, April 2018
  • BT lead diluted
  • BT pays a little more for its allocation pick
  • Operators paying over the odds

ENTERPRISE

Management update

BT boldly goes for new Enterprise approach [p24]

  • Efficiency and accountability to be Enterprise watchwords
  • Sutherland leaves as division prepares for leap forward
  • Table 6: BT Group divisional leadership, evolution, 2015-2018
  • Changing of the guard complete

InLink

BT rolls out 100th InLinkUK from BT kiosk [p27]

GLOBAL SERVICES

Contracts

BT secures EUR50m air traffic control contract [p30]Security

ZTE hit by GCHQ warnings [p31]The end of a tentative relationship?

  • Worries expressed about Cisco vulnerabilities
  • Table 7: Cybersecurity Tech Accord signatories

BT signs up for global cyber-alliance [p33]

OPENREACH

Dark fibre

Openreach launches grey fibre, as Ofcom retreats from dark [p35]

  • Infrastructure investors unite in welcoming news
  • Openreach’s new shades of grey

Fibre

  • LGA calls for national FTTP Kitemark scheme

Operations

  • Openreach edges forward with PSTN shutdown
  • BT the bad boy of London streetworks; contractors taking the rap

Openreach aiming for better relations through OTA work [p37]

  • QubeGB stepping in to support Openreach

Regulatory

Government moves forward with 10Mbps USO plans [p39]

FURTHER READING

INDEX

Index

A

Accenture 25
ADVA Optical Networking 35
Advertising Standards Authority 19
Airspan Spectrum 21
Alphabet
– – Google
– Android 18, 27
– – Sidewalk Labs
– Intersection 27
Apple
– – iPhone 18
Aviva 15

B

Boston Consulting Group 12
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 10, 11
BT Group 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 24, 26, 31, 38
– – Asia
– Tech Mahindra 13
– – BT Consumer 15, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26
– BT Mobile 18
– BT Wi-Fi 26
– Next Generation Text Relay 27
– – BT Enterprise
– BT Business & Public Sector 15, 24, 25, 26
– BT Directories 15
– BT Wholesale & Ventures 24, 26, 27, 38
– InLinkUK 27
– – BT Global Services 15, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30
– BT Americas 15
– BT Global Financial Services 15
– BT International 31
– BT Radianz 30
– BT Security 15, 31, 33
– – BT Pension Fund
– Hermes Pension Management 13
– – BT Pension Scheme 12
– – BT Retail 15, 18
– – BT Technology, Service and Operations 9, 12, 15, 26
– Adastral Park 32
– – Directors
– du Plessis, Jan 26
– Hoettges, Timotheus 14
– Rake, Sir Michael 26
– – EE 6, 10, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 38
– 4G Calling 18
– Emergency Services Network 15, 19
– MBNL 6
– – Executives
– Allera, Marc 15, 22, 24, 26
– Bird, Matt 27
– Burger, Bas 26, 30
– Chanmugam, Tony 26
– Cuevas, Maria 7
– Hall, Matt 19
– Hanotte, Christophe 15
– Hendricks, Mark 15
– Hughes, Mark 31
– Lowth, Simon 26
– McQuade, Gerry 24, 26
– McRae, Neil 9
– Meller, Hila 15
– Oliver, Pete 15
– Patterson, Gavin 13, 24, 26
– Philips, Barbara 15
– Pol, Chuck 15
– Ribeiro, Jayme 15
– Roberts, Lindsey 15
– Selley, Clive 26, 32
– Sherman, Michael 12
– Sutherland, Graham 24, 26
– Watson, Howard 9, 12, 15, 26
– – Ex-executives
– Alvarez, Luis 26
– Garner, Joseph 26
– Hanif, Mansoor 15
– Petter, John 26
– Stagg, Nigel 26
– – Openreach 26, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38
– – Products and services
– SmartTalk 18

C

Cambridge Communication Systems 10
CA Technologies 15, 33
Cisco Systems, Inc. 10, 11, 32, 33
CityFibre 35, 36
CK Hutchison 21, 22
– – Three Group
– Three UK 6, 21, 22
Communications Workers Union 12, 13
Competition Appeal Tribunal 35
Computer Sciences Corp 15
Cybersecurity Tech Accord 33

D

Dell EMC 33
Deutsche Telekom 14
Dixons Carphone 18

E

Ericsson 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 32
EUROCONTROL 30
European Union
– – European Commission 36

F

Facebook 10, 33
Federated Investors 13
F-Secure 33

G

Gartner Group 14
GlaxoSmithKline 15
Google 27
Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ, UK) 31, 32

H

HBF 36
Hewlett-Packard 33
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 15
Home Builders Federation 36
Home Office (UK) 19, 20
House of Commons
– – Public Accounts Committee 19, 20
HP Inc 15, 33
Huawei
– – Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre 31
Huawei Technologies 10, 11, 31, 32

J

Juniper Networks 33

L

Liberty Global
– – Virgin Media 35, 36, 38
Lime Microsystems 10, 11
LinkedIn 15, 33
Liverpool City Council 11
Local Government Association 36

M

Microsoft 11, 33
Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL) 6
Motorola 20
Motorola Solutions
– – Airwave 20
MSCI 13

N

National Audit Office 19
National Health Service (NHS, UK) 11
Nokia 10, 32, 33
Northern Ireland Civil Service 25

O

Ofcom 18, 21, 22, 35, 36, 39
– – USO 36, 39
– – Wholesale Line Rental 37
Office of the Telecommunications Adjudicator (UK) 37
– – OTA2 37
Oracle 25, 33
Orange 22

P

Pace Micro Technology 19
Parallel Wireless 10, 11
Primesight 27
pureLiFi 10, 11

Q

QinetiQ 11
Quickline 11
Quortus 11

S

Samsung 18
SAP AG 33
Swisscom 13
Symantec 31, 33

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group 38
Tech Mahindra 13
Technology
– – 2G 18
– – 3G 18
– – 5G 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 21, 22, 32
– – ADSL 37
– – ATM 27
– – Blockchain 14
– – Broadband 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 36, 38
– – Ethernet 35, 38
– – Fibre 11, 35, 36, 38, 39
– Dark fibre 35
– Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) 36
– – Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) 36
– – GSM 8, 18, 22
– – HD 18
– – Internet of Things 10
– – IP 27, 30, 37
– – LTE 18, 19
– – M2M 9
– – mmWave 11
– – Multicasting 19
– – PSTN 37
– – UMTS 18
– – VDSL 37
– – Wi-Fi 11, 18, 26, 27
Telecom Infra Project 10, 15
– – TEAC 6
Telefónica 10, 11, 18, 21, 22, 33
– – O2 UK 21, 22
Thames Water 38
Transport for London 38
Trend Micro 33
Twitter 22

U

University of Strathclyde 10, 11
Unmanned Life 6

V

Verizon Communications 6, 9
VMware 33
Vodafone 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 38
– – UK 20, 21, 22, 38

Z

Zayo Group 35
Zeetta Networks 10, 11
ZTE 31, 32

About

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Report: #295
Published: April 2018
Next report: May 2018
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