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BT to consolidate O2 UK's mobile, fixed networks

02 февраля 2010

BT on Monday announced its wholesale arm has won a multi-million pound contract to consolidate O2 UK's mobile and fixed core networks into a single network.

The five-year managed services deal will see the mobile operator make use of BT's next-generation 21st Century Network (21CN) platform in a bid to reduce its capital expenditure and cope with surging mobile data use.

BT Wholesale already provides core network management services for O2's mobile activities, as well as managed network services that saw the operator in September 2009 begin to offer fixed-line telephony services to enterprises.

"The trend to outsource network requirements to BT Wholesale continues as operators look to stabilise their operational and investment costs, enabling them to concentrate on their customers," said a statement from Brian Fitzpatrick, managing director of BT Wholesale.

"As we move to an all IP world and as data traffic volumes increase, the consolidation of our fixed and mobile core networks is a common sense approach that will help future-proof our business and provide the best possible service for our customers," commented Nigel Purdy, head of networks at Telefonica O2 UK.

O2 also plans in March to start selling fixed-line voice services to new and existing home broadband customers, putting the operator in direct competition with the likes of BT's retail division.

O2 will offer two residential fixed-line tariffs: Evening & Weekend, and Anytime. The latter will provide customers with unlimited anytime calls to U.K. landlines as well as to over 20 other countries for £12.50 per month.

Separately it emerged late last week that Carphone Warehouse's soon-to-be demerged telco arm TalkTalk plans to launch TV and mobile phone services, a move likely to further intensify competition in the U.K.'s consumer telecoms market.

The Financial Times reported at the weekend that TalkTalk is involved with the BBC-led Project Canvas, and is looking for a wholesale deal with one of the U.K.'s mobile network operators.

"We need to be able to deliver TV to people, and we need a platform to do that. I think Canvas is a really interesting opportunity for us," said Carphone CEO Charles Dunstone, in the report. He also commented that TalkTalk is likely to begin offering TV services by early 2011.


Источник: Total Telecom

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