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BT has named its starting XI to head up its new Openreach network business which will provide equal access to its phone network. The giant telco announced the creation of Openretch last week as part of a regulatory settlement with Ofcom.

By avoiding the threat of being broken up, BT has instead agreed to "substantive structural, product and governance changes, affecting both its current and future networks".

Skippering the Openpreach side is chief exec Steve Robertson, who joined BT in October 2002 from Colt. Opening the batting are Anne Heal, currently BT's director of regulatory affairs and Emma Gilthorpe, recently poached from Cable & Wireless (C&W). Other top order players include CIO Colin Windsor and chief engineer Bob Cowie.

Said Robertson in a statement: "I am delighted to announce my top team. It is an incredibly strong team composed of some of the best people in both BT and the industry. The clock is now ticking but I am confident this team can have Openreach up and running by January next year."

He likes the word "team". Still no announcement who is twelfth man. Or who's down to score. Or make the teas. ®

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