BT provided more clarity on the cost of EE's plan to cover 95 per cent of the UK's landmass with 4G by 2020, saying that it would spend a total of £6 billion (€7.6 billion/$8.7 billion) in the first phase of a plan to extend fibre and 4G coverage beyond 95 per cent of the country by 2020.
Altice founder and owner Patrick Drahi plans to turn France-based operator SFR into a fully converged telecoms and media group after being inspired by the approach taken by BT in the UK, according to reports in the French press.
A top Adtran executive confirmed that the provider is currently engaged in over 60 G.fast trials with multiple service providers.
Openreach, the wholesale arm of BT that runs the telco's last mile network, confirmed this week that its fiber network has passed 25 million homes in the UK. About 4 million of the 25 million premises have been reached as a result of the government's Broadband Delivery UK program.
Adtran says that despite a small dip in first quarter 2016 revenues it is seeing potential revenue opportunities from service provider customers, creating a new future revenue foundation.
Charles McKee, VP of government affairs for federal and state regulatory at Sprint (NYSE: S), said that incumbent local exchange carriers' control over special access connections has "cost...
BT announced it has appointed Simon Lowth as its new group finance director with effect from July 4, replacing Tony Chanmugam following a handover period.
Tesco emerged as another company that hopes to benefit from the potential takeover of O2 UK by CK Hutchison, after reports said the UK supermarket giant views the proposed merger of O2 with Three as an opportunity to take full control of its MVNO business in the country.
UK telecom giant BT got good news and some not-so-good news as the country's regulator, Ofcom, recommended that it maintain control of its wholesale broadband unit, Openreach. However, the regulator suggested the provider assist its competitors that want to roll out fiber along its existing copper network infrastructure.
Ofcom pledged to beef up regulations covering UK mobile operators to improve rural coverage, and reiterated its goal of ensuring 98 per cent of homes and business can receive indoor 4G access in 2017.