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300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

Can UK telco giant BT move its pension scheme increases off the RPI inflation measure and onto CPI? Earlier this year the High Court said no, but now the telco and 300,000 of its pensioners are awaiting the Court of Appeal’s verdict on this thorny question. BT Tower photo via Shutterstock Court throws out BT's plans to reduce …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Oct 2018

UK's Openreach sends full fibre to Coventry

Full-fibre broadband has reached Coventry, Openreach has declared – while adding that it had made 600k new FTTP connections. The fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) deployment is now available to "tens of thousands" of domestic and commercial buildings across the city, with the Radford area being the first to receive a working …
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BT scoops Home Counties chunk of new NHS IT contract

BT has won a five-year contract to supply comms and IT services to various chunks of the NHS. BT reckoned the deal will help medics get themselves and their patients' data on the cloud, and then to "access patient data securely over high-bandwidth digital connections". The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) contract covers …
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Vodafone's spending pays off - but EE hangs on to UK network crown

EE is being strongly challenged by rival networks that have improved their reliability, and in some cases their data performance too. Network performance monitor Rootmetrics' nationwide survey for the first half of 2018 placed EE top in the five main categories - as it always has. But more interestingly – now that network …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Aug 2018
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Brit comms providers told: You must tell people when their cheap contract's about to end

Ofcom has announced plans to require communications providers to tell customers when they are nearing the end of their contract to encourage them to shop around. In a consultation on end-of-contract and out-of-contract notifications published today, the regulator moots rules that aim to stop people paying over the odds once …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jul 2018
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BT boosted by punters and sport – as it preps to squeeze subs harder

Updated BT Group enjoyed a minor tick upwards in share price as the British telco published slightly better than expected figures for first FY19 quarter ended 30 June. While total revenues were down 2 per cent – at £5.72bn – compared to the same period last year, pre-tax profits were up 3 per cent to £816m. It also reported today …
Richard Speed, 30 Jul 2018
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Openreach annual review: Eat fibre and be merry, we fixed the faults before you called

Openreach claims it is now more independent of BT than ever before, adding that the UK's fibre rollout is going just fine and all ISPs are now very happy with the BT-owned telecoms infrastructure company. This was the gist of its first annual review, issued to coincide with yet more central government pledges to extend …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Jul 2018
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Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October

BT Group today said it has started consultation with 31,000 staff that are bound for Openreach in October, according to a statement filed with the London Stock Exchange. In early 2016, UK comms regulator Ofcom identified serious failings with BT's ownership of Openreach, a subsidiary that runs Britain's entire broadband …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2018
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BT's Patterson keeps his £1.3m wheelbarrow of bonus cash after all

BT chief exec Gavin Patterson has sailed through the annual shareholders’ meeting with his pay untouched, in spite of a late move to curb his £1.3m bonus. Man counts pounds and pence. Photo by Shutterstock A £1.3m prize for a plunging share price at BT? Not so fast... READ MORE Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jul 2018
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East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

An irritated techie from Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands of England, has hit out at Openreach after what he claimed was a year-long series of daily micro-outages that make it "often impossible" to work from home. Ian Sampson of North Wheatley got in touch with The Register after being driven to distraction by what he …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jul 2018
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A £1.3m prize for a plunging share price at BT? Not so fast...

It doesn’t look to be smooth sailing for British Telecom’s outgoing boss, Gavin Patterson, as a recommendation to reject his bonus has arrived in time for the next shareholder meeting. Leading proxy voting and policy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) reckons that Patterson's near £1.3m bonus (a whopping 130 per …
Richard Speed, 2 Jul 2018
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Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email

Brit telco BT has been ordered to pay £77,000 for sending almost 5 million nuisance emails – equivalent to about 1.5p a mail. The telco sent out the spam mails, which were promoting three charity initiatives, between December 2015 and November 2016. However, one customer who received an email complained that they had opted …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jun 2018
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Trademark holders must pay for UK web blocking orders – Supreme Court

BT has won a UK Supreme Court battle over who should pay the costs of trademark infringement blocking orders – and it won't be internet service providers. Instead rights-holders must reimburse ISPs for the costs of blocking rights-infringing material, according to Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption. "There is no legal basis …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Jun 2018
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BT announces Gavin Patterson to become ex-CEO

Hard pressed BT boss Gavin Patterson has agreed to leave the telco after five years in the role, with the group citing a "need for a change of leadership" following disappointing results and a flagging share price. Patterson will exit later this year, with the board having already begun a search for his successor. Last month …
Kat Hall, 8 Jun 2018
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BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all

Still smarting from last week's dismal annual results, BT today made a raft of announcements for its consumer group, including a converged broadband and mobile network. The BT brand will also muscle into 620 EE high street shops to promote its own consumer products, while the biz said it would bring all its call centres back …
Kat Hall, 16 May 2018
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Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

BT’s Openreach has opened a consultation with communications providers (CPs) over preparations for the monumental task of shifting 16 million phone lines in the UK to voice-over-IP by 2025. The move is part of BT’s plan to shut its traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) in Britain, and shift customers onto a …
Kat Hall, 15 May 2018
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There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees

Former state monopoly BT is to chop 13,000 jobs over the next three years and will shutter its current London HQ under plans to wring out £1.5bn in costs and boost its flagging share price. The roles earmarked for redundancy are mainly in the back office and middle management, but BT did not specify which areas of the business …
Kat Hall, 10 May 2018

Openreach and BT better watch out for... CityFibre after surprise £537m takeover deal

Broadband minnow CityFibre's acquisition by Connect Infrastructure Bidco for a staggering £537m has positioned it centre stage to take on industry goliath BT/Openreach, company director Mark Collins has said. In a surprise move, CityFibre this week announced it is being bought out by infrastructure investment funds – Antin …
Kat Hall, 27 Apr 2018

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