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.
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.
BT has named Howard Watson as the CEO of its Technology, Service and Operations (BT TSO) unit. He will also serve as Group Chief Information Officer.
BT has named Clive Selley as the new CEO of its Openreach division, replacing Joe Garner, who is leaving the company to become CEO of the UK's Nationwide Building Society.
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 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 G.fast, a technology that can enable broadband speeds up to 330 Mbps over copper, in Gosforth, located in northeast England.
BT Openreach said that if its latest G.fast trial in Huntingdon is successful and if Ofcom regulation is favorable towards new investments it will deploy the technology over the next two years as a complement to its fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services.
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.
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.
BT reported that its consumer segment was a bright spot in its second-quarter revenue mix, rising 7 percent to $1.68 billion due to higher broadband and TV revenue, helping to ease the pain of losses in wholesale and global services.