BT Group has reported a slight revenue increase to £20.8 billion, a 1% rise from last year, driven by price hikes for broadband customers, robust sales of fibre products in Openreach, and growth in the consumer division. However, the company’s pre-tax profits dropped sharply by 31%, falling to £1.18 billion, despite a 2% rise in adjusted EBITDA, which reached £8.1 billion.

Launched in September, Nokia’s Network as a Code aims to help operators optimize their 5G resources. By granting developers extensive network access, this platform unlocks opportunities for new application creation. With the advantage of 5G’s inherent software-based architecture, such innovative companies like BT Group are exploring unsuspected capabilities for enhanced network quality.

BT Group has taken a bold step into the future of content delivery with an innovative concept known as Multicast-Assisted Unicast Delivery (MAUD). This technology takes a fresh approach, replacing the traditional individual internet stream with a more efficient consolidated flow. Not only is this technology seamless for consumers, it also delivers substantial resource savings. Furthermore, in an era of environmental consciousness, MAUD offers up to a 50% bandwidth reduction during peak times, resulting in lower energy usage.

BT and Immersive Interactive Ltd introduce the Immersive Spaces project across Northern Ireland. This 5G-enabled, interactive simulation offers a variety of experiences and learning opportunities for multiple sectors. The space offers a 360° view through HD projectors connecting to EE’s mobile network. Attributes like real-life scenarios, interactive elements, and sensorial enhancements are plunging users into exciting simulated realities. The technology has applications in training environments and sectors across the board, allowing users to step into realistic or imagined situations. Learn more about this revolutionary platform and its potential.

Exploring efficient energy solutions, BT is turning to liquid cooling techniques to lower network switch power usage. Collaborations with Iceotope and Juniper hint at precision cooling for servers—a potentially industry-first initiative. Meanwhile, strategies with Immersion4, Nexalus, and Airsys run the gamut from full immersion to cooling-unit encased cold plates. Crucially, every energy-reduction experiment aids BT’s ambitious journey toward net-zero emissions by 2031.

In a promising move towards transparency, UK’s BT and software giant SAP have joined forces to test SAP’s Sustainability Data Exchange (SDX) – a novel system that captures, tracks and shares data on obscure, indirect emissions, known as Scope 3. Given the numerous entities and different methodologies involved in disclosure, SDX utilizes carbon data interoperability standards to provide a unified portal for monitoring supply chain emissions data, thus streamlining the gathering and dissemination of precise Scope 3 information.

Witness the transformation of UK’s iconic red phone boxes as telecommunications giant BT empowers local communities to repurpose disused kiosks into practical assets. Adoptions through BT’s programme have evolved phone boxes into life-saving defibrillator stations, libraries or mini art galleries. As these kiosks brace for their centenary, BT gears up to offer a thousand more, sparking a fusion of tradition with communal ingenuity.

As Three UK reports a 4% revenue boost, courtesy of an expanded active customer base, its operations cost, inflated by 19%, outpaces earnings, hinting at potential sustainability issues. In a different landscape, Telecom Italia shows a 5.5% Q2 profit increase, largely on Brazil’s performance, though competitive pricing in Italy has forced a hefty debt, leading TIM to consider selling its landline grid. At the same time, BT Group sees an uptick in revenue by 4%, attributed to raised prices and improved customer satisfaction. Contrarily, US-based Qualcomm, hit by reduced consumer spending, anticipates a similar upcoming quarter, resulting in a sharp fall in share price. Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel highlights a 14.1% YoY revenue increase, fueled by its growing 4G and postpaid customer base.

BT collaborates with HPE to adapt to the rise in hybrid work and IoT demands, leveraging HPE’s Aruba Networking for a new managed LAN service. This partnership promises heightened flexibility, security and visibility, overcoming the limitations of conventional in-building networks. Despite this, the market faces potential turbulence, particularly from the clearances of backlogged orders affecting enterprise WLAN revenues. While this partnership signifies progress, the changes may create a challenging landscape for those in the industry.