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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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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network in Britain, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025. The closure of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is part of plans by BT toward internet-based voice calls via a fibre network. As such it will be …
Kat Hall, 19 Apr 2018
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BT rearranges deck chairs, launches good ship Enterprise

Brit mega-comms firm BT has given its flagging b2b divisions a corporate facelift, merging the wholesale, public sector and business units into BT Enterprise. Under the latest rejig, Gerry McQuade, head of BT Wholesale and Ventures, was named chief exec of BT Enterprise, while former boss of BT Business, Graham Sutherland, is …
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2018
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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

Despite efforts to return to its roots as a broadband-only biz, TalkTalk remains the most moaned about ISP in the UK, according to data from regulator Ofcom. TalkTalk scored highest out of the top seven providers, with 31 complaints per 100,000 customers – a slight increase on last quarter. The main reasons for customer …
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2018

Defence of the Dark Fibre Arts: Ofcom delays plans to force BT to open its network

Ofcom has delayed plans to force incumbent telco BT's Openreach to open up its dark fibre network. For now. The UK comms regulator confirmed it will not attempt to reintroduce a temporary remedy for Dark Fibre Access, which would have required BT to provide a restricted form of DFA for Ethernet until March 2019. Ofcom has …
Kat Hall, 12 Apr 2018
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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

BT monthly landline costs are to be trimmed by £7 from this weekend but only for customers who don't buy fixed-line broadband from any provider – in other words, hardly anyone. In October '17, regulator Ofcom revealed BT had agreed to reduce monthly bills following an investigation into rising landline prices. From Easter …
Kat Hall, 29 Mar 2018

What a mesh: BT Whole Home Wi-Fi users moan over update

Three weeks after a firmware update to BT’s home mesh networking solution, customers are still complaining that they have to constantly reboot their devices, with some being unable to connect at all. One Reg reader who alerted us to the issue said the patch had "borked [their] Whole Home Wi-Fi mesh solution". BT’s customer …
Richard Speed, 26 Mar 2018
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BT: We're shuttering final salary pension scheme

Former UK state-owned telco monopoly BT has confirmed the closure of the defined benefit BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) from the end of May with a "hybrid" replacement waiting in the wings. BT is desperate to staunch the flow of red from its accounts caused by a pension deficit that has doubled to £14bn in just three years, and …
Richard Speed, 19 Mar 2018
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Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

BT's Openreach is to hire 3,500 trainee engineers in a bid to support its 'full-fibre' proposals for Britain. The former stated-owned telco monopoly claimed its "largest recruitment drive" comes off the back of its plan to connect three million premises to full fibre by 2020, up 50 per cent on its previous goal. That …
Kat Hall, 15 Mar 2018

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