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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BT's Patterson threatens lawsuits to 'defend' shareholders if Ofcom forces it to sell Openreach

BT CEO Gavin Patterson says that if Ofcom, the UK's telecom regulator, forces it to sell off its wholesale Openreach division, BT would respond by halting new network investments and launching a number of legal challenges against the regulator.

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A group of industry trade organizations and service providers, including COMPTEL, Sprint, XO and BT, have launched a campaign to encourage the FCC to drive further competition in the broadband market.

BT's employees-only IPv6 trial catches some customers' attention

BT has begun trialing IPv6 addressing with a group of its employees, setting a foundation to conduct a larger scale customer trial. But a number of customers are seeing an IPv6 address alongside the current IPv4 address that's being assigned to their connections.

Accenture, Cisco and others form wireless IoT standards group

Another standards group has been formed to accelerate the adoption of wireless Internet of Things technologies. Called the Wireless IoT Forum, the group's board includes Accenture, Arkessa, BT, Cisco, Telensa and WSN. The group joins at least five other standards groups, including the Industrial Internet Consortium, the Allseen Alliance, Thread and the Open Interconnect Consortium, that have been created to streamline the IoT space.

Ofcom slaps £1M fine on EE for poor handling of customer complaints

Ofcom on Friday imposed a fine of €1 million (€1.4 million/$1.5 million) on EE for misleading customers who made complaints about the company's mobile and fixed voice and data services.

BT asks Ofcom to shut down legacy network to compete with OTT players like Apple, Facebook

BT has asked UK regulator Ofcom to permit it to shutter its traditional POTS (plain old telephone service) network so it can more effectively compete with a growing pool of nontraditional, over-the-top voice providers like Facebook and Apple.

Broadband Forum completes standard plugfest with 14 CPE, network equipment vendors

The Broadband Forum has wrapped up its equipment plugfest as part of its ongoing program to drive widespread certification.

Vodafone enters UK consumer broadband market with Vodafone Connect

Vodafone launched its much anticipated consumer broadband service in the UK, marking the mobile operator's entry into an already crowded market and underlining its ambitions to be a converged fixed and mobile player across its European footprint.

BT wins plea for speedier EE probe

The UK's competition watchdog agreed to a request by BT to fast track an investigation into the effects of its planned £12.5 billion (€17 billion/$19 billion) acquisition of mobile operator EE, in a move that cuts the process by around 25 days.

BT employs Check Point to deliver embedded cloud firewall services

BT has established an agreement with Check Point Software to embed new security elements into its network, furthering BT's mark on the managed cloud security segment.