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BT lab domain grab – 17 years after cheeky chap swiped 'em

BT research campus Adastral Park can finally buy up its domain names – just 17 years after giving a chap the sack for registering them. Way back in 2000, BT rebranded its tech research campus – based in Suffolk, England, and formerly known as BT Labs – as Adastral Park. However, it was slow off the mark when it came to …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Dec 2017
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Dark fibre arts: Ofcom is determined to open up BT's network

Analysis BT has long been accused of jealously guarding its infrastructure. But forcing it to open up its network to competitors and break its market dominance has been an aim of Ofcom for some time. One key measure was the proposal to allow access to Openreach's dark fibre optic network, the unused parts of its infrastructure …
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017

Ads watchdog to BT: We say your itsy bitsy, teeny weeny Ts&Cs too small for screeny

BT has had its ears boxed by the Advertising Standards Agency after one of its adverts with masses of small print was ruled "likely to mislead". The offending advert, televised in May of this year, contained two offers for broadband packages; one for an increased discount, and the other for a £100 reward card for signing up …
Richard Priday, 22 Nov 2017

Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband

UK digital minister Matt Hancock has denied that talks with BT to improve poor internet speeds in 1.4 million rural areas have fallen through. The former British state monopoly has controversially volunteered to connect 98.5 per cent of premises to at least 10Mbps by 2020, as an alternative to the government's plans for a …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2017
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BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

Chief exec of BT, Gavin Patterson, has admitted the British telco is struggling to make a business case for 5G investment, given the huge costs of getting the network off the ground. Speaking at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum in London, Patterson said: “I talk to other CEOs around the world... and we’ve all been …
Kat Hall, 16 Nov 2017

BT plots to slash pension benefits for 32,000 staff

BT has proposed closing its defined benefit pension scheme for 11,000 managers and slash contributions to 21,000 frontline staff in a bid to plug a looming £14bn pension deficit. The former UK state monopoly is set to begin a consultation with members of its two largest pension schemes tomorrow, The Reg has confirmed. The …
Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2017

Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

Interview "Look, if you can't get decent broadband, it is a real pisser," said Openreach boss Clive Selley in response to a Devon village's decision to burn an effigy of one of its vans on bonfire night. The place in question, Templeton, struggles to get 1Mbps. But Selley reckons that is why BT's controversial voluntary offer to connect …
Kat Hall, 9 Nov 2017
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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

BT is once again hiking prices, with punters facing an extra £30 on their annual broadband bill in the new year. It seems standard (ADSL) and fibre (FTTC/P) broadband prices will now go up: you'll pay an extra £2 a month for BT Broadband copper and £2.50 per month more for Infinity from January next year. The price increase …
Kat Hall, 7 Nov 2017
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Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

Bonfire night has come a long way since Guy Fawkes' failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords on 5 November 1605. Now, we prefer to burn more modern day villains. Such as Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump and, er, Openreach. The good people of Templeton, Devon, in England, erected the van in protest over slow broadband speeds …
Kat Hall, 6 Nov 2017
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Flagging outsourcing biz and sports rights weigh down BT profits by 4%

BT reported a 4 per cent drop in net income to £1.8bn for its second quarter as sports TV rights costs and its underperforming outsourcing biz hit the bottom line. Overall sales fell 2 per cent to £5.9bn for the three months to September. Revenue for Global Services dropped 10 per cent to £1.26bn, with total earnings …
Kat Hall, 2 Nov 2017

Openreach: Comms providers 'welcome' our full-fibre 'ambition'

Openreach reckons its 580 communications providers "have welcomed the ambition" to increase the UK's woeful fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) coverage. However, some folk remain less impressed. As revealed by The Register in August, Openreach has estimated it will need to fork out between £3bn and £6bn to invest in 10 million FTTP …
Kat Hall, 1 Nov 2017
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Ailing BT division snuggles up with AWS to flog cloudy services

BT's struggling Global Services division has inked a deal with AWS to flog its cloudy services in a bid to reinvent itself as a "digital" business. The love-in is intended to allow enterprises to ramp up their adoption of cloud-based services, with a focus on networking, security and managed cloud services. The UK's former …
Kat Hall, 31 Oct 2017
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BT agrees to cream off less profit from landline-only customers

Former UK state monopoly BT has agreed to Ofcom's requests to hack more than a third off the price of monthly line rental for its one million landline-only punters across the UK. Even though wholesale costs of providing landlines had fallen, rental prices had risen, pointed out Ofcom, which said it was concerned that landline- …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2017

Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'

"Basically the message is Vodafone is back," says UK chief executive Nick Jeffrey, a message he's so eager to convey at a breakfast briefing hosted by the company that it almost sounds as if the lady doth protest too much. Jeffrey was made CEO last September amid the company's customer billing fiasco, caused by an IT cock-up …
Kat Hall, 19 Oct 2017

Openreach offers duct-off providers 'OSA Filter' instead of Dark Fibre Access

Openreach has today offered its communication providers an alternative to the Ofcom-proposed Dark Fibre Access (DFA) product, which a court ruling slapped down three months ago. In July the High Court's Competition Appeals Tribunal ruled that Ofcom had made a series of errors when it drew up the rules for a new market in unlit …
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2017

Full-fibre ISP Hyperoptic clocked over mock doc schlock shock

Fibre ISP Hyperoptic has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for releasing an advert that looked like an official contract from BT. The promotion was received by consumers in February 2017, and was addressed to the "resident". Text on the back page stated "Your BT CONTRACT is about to cost you even more …
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2017

Grant Shapps of coup shame fame stands by 'broadbad' research

Interview Grant Shapps seems far from crestfallen after his disastrous attempt to lead a coup against UK Prime Minister Theresa May. He bounces into his office 50 minutes late, having been waylaid by two Parliamentary votes, to discuss broadband research under his remit as chairman of the British Infrastructure Group (BIG), a body he …
Kat Hall, 16 Oct 2017
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BT fined £25,000 over second unsafe London roadworks this year

BT has been fined £25,000 after being found guilty of carrying out unsafe roadworks in the UK capital, following a prosecution by Transport for London. The offence was committed on March 1 at roadworks being carried out by BT on London's Streatham Hill, at the junction of Leigham Court Road. "BT failed to properly sign and …

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