BT, once the UK’s monopoly telephone provider, was restructured in 2005. After the UK’s main telecom regulator Ofcom issued its Telecommunications Strategic Review (TSR) in September 2005, BT created Openreach, a division that’s responsible for managing the UK access network, providing equal access to BT and other competitive service providers. In addition to Openreach, BT operates three other divisions: BT Retail, BT Wholesale and BT Global Services.

Founded in 1981, the company was formerly known as Newgate Telecommunications Limited and changed its name to BT Group plc in Sept. 2001. The company is based in London. The BT Global Services segment provides networked IT services to multinational corporations, domestic businesses, and government departments. The BT Retail segment offers broadband, telephony, and TV services, as well as IT and telephony for small-medium sized businesses in the UK. It also provides video and telephone conferencing, CCTV, and alarm systems. This segment serves corporate, small and medium enterprises, consumer, and wholesale markets in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. The Openreach segment connects communications providers' customers to their local telephone exchange, giving them access to the UK network. The BT Wholesale segment offers broadband, voice, and data connectivity services, interconnect to bespoke and managed network outsourcing, and value-added solutions to the communications providers in the United Kingdom, as well as a range of managed solutions and software driven, Web 2.0 services.



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U.K.'s Gigaclear tests ultra-fast 5-Gig service, commercial launch set for 2016

U.K. broadband provider Gigaclear is testing an ultra-fast 5-Gig broadband service that enables customers to download a video in just a few seconds. The company said the 5-Gig service will be commercially available in early 2016 and will cost consumers $610 per month and businesses $2,289 per month.

BT Openreach CEO Garner to step down in spring 2016

Joe Garner, CEO of BT Openreach is leaving the company to become the CEO of Nationwide Building Society. Garner, who took the reins of Openreach from Olivia Gardner in 2014, will assume his new post in spring 2016 after the company finds a replacement.

BT wins provisional approval for EE acquisition

BT received provisional clearance to acquire mobile operator EE, after the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decided that the move would not substantially lessen competition in any market in the UK.

BT, Alcatel-Lucent demo 5 Gbps on existing copper pairs using

BT and Alcatel-Lucent have completed a demonstration of technology during which the service provider was able to deliver more than 5 Gbps over its existing copper pairs.

Mallinson: O2 UK/Three UK, BT/EE mergers show devil is in the details on consolidation benefits

It is good that arguments for and against consolidation, including the proposed mergers of BT and EE, of O2 and Three, and the possible structural separation of BT's network from its downstream operations in the UK are being based on extensive evidence and analysis. Nevertheless, that still does not make it easy to make sense of all the facts and figures being selectively presented for and against the proposed changes, and from which markedly differing conclusions are being drawn by protagonists and antagonists respectively.

Will pure-play mobile have a role in Europe?

It has been widely speculated this week that Deutsche Telekom is considering selling its mobile unit in the Netherlands in a deal that could be worth almost €5 billion ($5.7 billion). Although not confirmed, one reason for a potential sale would likely be that T-Mobile Netherlands is one of the few pure-play mobile operators in the German company's portfolio.

Cost and return on investment key challenges in 5G development, WWRF chair notes

Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) chair Nigel Jefferies said cost and return on investment are key challenges that must be addressed in the development of 5G technology.

BT, Alcatel-Lucent expand broadband testing to 2,000 more UK homes

BT is moving forward with its strategy to get ultra-fast broadband technology deployed in select parts of the United Kingdom in the near future. The carrier is working with Alcatel-Lucent on a consumer test of, a technology that can enable broadband speeds up to 330 Mbps over copper, in Gosforth, located in northeast England.

Vodafone extends home broadband service to rest of UK

Vodafone extended its home broadband and voice service to the rest of the UK, making good on its promise to open up the service to all UK consumers in the autumn.

BT to test street lighting smart city technology

BT is going to test new technology that it says uses connected street lights to create connectivity for emerging "smart city" applications.