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Author Topic: BT Details Plan for UK’s First Converged Digital Network by 2022  (Read 593 times)


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Last week BT talked about their aim to have a “single integrated all-IP fibre network” that enabled seamless converged access across fixed, WiFi and mobile services. Today BT’s consumer division, which includes ISP Plusnet and mobile giant EE, has explained more about how this will all work.

Crucially the new ‘Best Connected‘ plan is not a simplistic bundling of services, it’s much more radical than that and will play to the strengths of both BT’s fixed line ADSL, FTTC, FTTP network and EE’s mobile (4G / 5G) infrastructure in order to provide “seamless connectivity” via a smart converged network by 2022 (supported by hybrid technology to dynamically combine both sides).

In keeping with this BT will launch two new products so that customers “never again have to think or worry about which network they’re connected to” (assuming you’ve ever felt a need to “worry” about such things – we haven’t) – the BT Plus service and the Keep Connected Promise.

    Marc Allera, CEO of BT Consumer, said:

    “BT runs the UK’s most advanced mobile and broadband networks, but our customers demand better connections, and the best service no matter where they are. We’re investing across BT, EE and Plusnet so that we can provide our customers with the widest choice of products and services, on the best networks, and with the best service in the UK.

    We’re beginning our journey to create one converged, smart network built on our world-leading fixed and mobile networks – going beyond 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi and ultrafast broadband to seamlessly connect our customers wherever they are to the things that matter most to them.”

It looks like interesting times at BT. They seem to have recognised the need to streamline services. This makes good business sense and sets them up nicely to move towards full fibre. It feels like we're seeing a glimpse in to the future, though only a sparkle at the moment lol
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Re: BT Details Plan for UK’s First Converged Digital Network by 2022
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2018, 08:35:13 PM »

Yes, slightly surprised at the muted reaction to 'BT Plus' - looks like a major move into converged comms for BT. I hope they price it properly instead of having higher headline prices with steep discounted offers/retention deals.

I note in the Telegraph's coverage it includes the fact that:

Next year BT will introduce a new home router that combines broadband and mobile signals to provide what it claims will be a faster and more reliable connection.

Which sounds as if they are talking about femocells - something that was originally rumoured to be in the Smart Hub/HH6
« Last Edit: May 20, 2018, 08:37:31 PM by gt94sss2 »


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Re: BT Details Plan for UK’s First Converged Digital Network by 2022
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2018, 09:29:24 PM »

Nice idea, the router can get the best of both worlds, mobile or land line broadband. :)

But I don't really see how it can work, unless the router has its own SIM for mobile access, which implies a subscription that would likely be cripplingly expensive compared to any stand alone broadband package. :-\

If you have an iPhone, you can already configure it to act as a WiFi hotspot for other devices, if landline broadband goes awol.  I am certain Android will have a similar feature.  These cost nothing extra, other than the metered data if usage should exceed allowance.    ;)