Pioneering a new age in software engineering, BT’s Digital Unit collaborates with Amazon Web Services, integrating the GenAI tool, Amazon CodeWhisperer—an AI equivalent to autocorrect for coding, proficient in 15 unique languages. Beyond code suggestion, CodeWhisperer ensures code safety and reliability, filtering out potential vulnerabilities, leading to a 12% automation of routine coding tasks.
In a bold move to reshape the UK’s broadband landscape, VMO2, backed by shareholders Liberty Global and Telefónica, has announced the launch of a new fixed network company, ambitiously positioned as a direct competitor to BT’s Openreach. Dubbed NetCo for now, this venture aims to accelerate the adoption of full fibre broadband, offering a fresh financing framework and a potential platform for the consolidation of alternative network providers (altnets).
Allison Kirkby has officially taken the reins at BT, unveiling her first set of financial results as the company’s new chief executive. The figures, reflecting the final quarter of 2023, show a modest increase in revenue to £5.3 billion, up from £5.2 billion, with adjusted EBITDA holding steady at £2 billion. This performance was bolstered by positive developments within Openreach and the Consumer division, though slightly hampered by the challenges faced by BT Business, including cost issues and a downturn in legacy product sales.
Prominent telecom operator, BT, steps into the fray of a groundbreaking class action lawsuit. At the core lies accusations of excessive pricing for traditional landline users, contrasted against fairer prices for bundle consumers. While BT robustly contests any allegations of abusing its market dominance, millions of claimants eagerly seek compensation.
BT has voiced plans to simplify pricing, aligning with Ofcom’s push for clarity in broadband advertising and curbing mid-contract price fluctuations. The restructure is likely to see broadband prices rise by about £3 monthly, while mobile may see a £1.50 increase. BT’s current model adjusts customer fees annually by inflation plus 3.9%, a method unclear to most clients, inciting dissatisfaction and a rise in complaints. Ofcom seeks to ban mid-contract inflations under review until mid-February.
BT’s recent talks with SpaceX to leverage Starlink’s LEO satellite fleet for remote connectivity in the UK has sparked curiosity, especially given BT’s current partnership with OneWeb, Starlink’s competition. It’s speculated that Starlink’s innovative direct-to-device capabilities, which promise unblemished global coverage without a need for a terminal, could be the allure.
The new partnership between BT and Basrah Gas Company (BGC) sets an intriguing course for the digital transformation of the latter’s operations in Iraq. This collaboration will securely link BGC’s offices, processing units, and gas fields while enhancing their access to cloud-based applications.
BT is pushing the envelope, repurposing fading street cabinets, once integral for broadband and phone hookups, into sophisticated EV charging points. Amid a direct-to-home fiber revolution, redundant units could fuel a UK-wide EV charging network, starting in East Lothian, Scotland.
Navigating the challenging mandates of the dynamic telecommunications world, UK’s premier telecom operator, BT, stumbles upon an obstacle. The company has failed to adhere to the deadline for the complete removal of Huawei equipment from its core network. The deadline, already deferred twice, raises doubts over the telecom titan’s ability to successfully transition away from Huawei’s infrastructure within the stipulated timeframe. A UK law dictates all network carriers to rid their systems of Huawei equipment by the end of 2027.
Discover how Telecommunications giant Altice, facing a whopping $60 billion debt, eyes its Portuguese operation Meo as a lifeline. Amid debt woes, other challenges surface, including a scandal involving co-founder Armando Pereira. International telecom players are also in motion, with the Saudi STC Group asserting its presence in Europe, and UAE-based e& planning to increase its stake in Vodafone.