When BT officially shuts down its dial-up Internet service on Sept. 1, it will leave thousands of people who live in rural areas without Internet access because they can't get a broadband connection today, reports The Telegraph.
BT is realigning its retail division into two separate businesses--BT Consumer and BT Business--an effort the incumbent telco says will enable it to improve customer service and deliver on its strategic priorities.
BT may have reported that its first quarter consumer revenues were flat, but it has set a path for future broadband growth with the addition of 197,000 retail fiber-based broadband customers. It ended the period with a total 1.5 million FTTx broadband customers.
BT will begin offering consumers a 300/20 Mbps Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) speed option in 50 markets where it has already deployed fiber-based network infrastructure by the end of this year.
British regulator Ofcom said it is going to look into a dispute between BSkyB and BT in which the British broadcaster is refusing to let BT carry two of its sports channels. BSkyB has said it will only let BT customers have access to its Sports 1 and 2 channels if the company provides access to its sports channels to BSkyB.
BT's Ian Livingston resigned as the firm's CEO to become the British Minister for Trade and Investment. He will continue as CEO until September, at which time Gavin Patterson, currently the CEO of the firm's consumer division, BT Retail, will take the helm.
An increasing number of operators are signing partnerships with Fon to deploy Wi-Fi networks that partition a proportion of bandwidth from consumers' fixed broadband line for public use. The results of such partnerships have been promising, particularly in terms of reduced churn for operators.
The UK chancellor, George Osborne, said Huawei is considered a "long-term valued investor" in the UK after a security report by members of Parliament warned of a "shocking" lack of regulatory oversight during a deal signed between BT and the Chinese vendor in 2005.
Masergy, a competitive global provider, is expanding its network presence in Latin America by adding new points of presence in Mexico City and Sao Paulo, a move it says will help it respond to growing demand for services in the region.
BT teamed with Ciena on a series of trials to deliver 800G over its existing live fiber core network in the U.K.