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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

  • BT was the second operator to be identified as a major customer for Nokia’s 100G service router.
  • Nokia kit said to have been designed with the BT detailed specifications in mind.
  • McRae’s fulsome praise sees Nokia in a gaggle with other publicly-praised partners.

BT Group is deploying Nokia’s 7750 Service Router (SR) to boost backbone capacity ahead of the expected boom in traffic from accelerating fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) rollout and the arrival of 5G.

The router is built around what Nokia’s IP/Optical Networks Group claims is the first multi-terabit network processor silicon, FP4. The vendor says it provides the highest 100 Gigabit Ethernet density available on an IP router, and this is the first to deliver terabit IP flows across backbone and peering points.

In heralding the BT deal, Nokia emphasised that the partnership between the two companies is “exclusive”, although the nature of this exclusivity was not expounded upon. The deal was not the first deployment of the 7750 SR technology by a fixed-line incumbent announced by the vendor – a rollout with Belgium’s Proximus, reportedly boosting the operator’s network capacity by a factor of ten, was publicised a day ahead of the BT deal.

In the second week of April 2019, Openreach passed its millionth FTTP-capable site, and BT is planning to roll out 5G to 16 of the UK’s busiest cities later this year. Already, BT’s traffic is growing by 40% year on year, largely driven by video-streaming and gaming over fixed and mobile broadband.

Early in 2018, BT/EE was the first of a group of 30 network operators named by Nokia as planning to deploy Nokia’s new ReefShark antenna-based chipset to improve mobile network performance for 5G (BTwatch, #293).

McRae sings Nokia’s praises — and of BT’s developmental role

In an interview with BTwatch, Neil McRae, Chief Architect, BT Group, spoke in glowing terms about Nokia, reflecting previous enthusiasm expressed by Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, Howard Watson (BTwatch, #294 and passim).

Nokia is one of BT’s biggest network partners, in a relationship that has been going on for “10-to-15 years [presumably encompassing Alcatel-Lucent]”, according to McRae, and its position may have been strengthened by BT’s anticipated removal of Huawei kit from the EE core network (BTwatch, #300 and see below). Concerning the 7750 SR, McRae said that BT had worked with Nokia’s IP/Optical Networks unit, “starting three to four years ago”, in developing the router so that it matched BT’s needs closely – so much so that McRae would almost feel justified in “sticking a BT badge on the box”.

“In effect, what Nokia allowed us to do was build the platform we wanted to build without having to build ourselves. So, in many respects, I would stick a BT badge on the box because it’s kind of been built to the spec we really wanted.

We worked with Nokia to get a shape for what we’re seeing on the network and what we believe the network will need to be able to do. And we kind of pushed that into Nokia so that the silicon development was covering all the core needs that we had. ” – McRae.

Among the declared merits of the new kit, McRae highlighted greater energy efficiency, a smaller form factor, and advances in analytics data.

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