bt group plc (BTGOF) Key Developments
AMC Networks International and BT Group Announce New Agreement to Launch AMC Cable Network in UK
Jun 24 15
AMC Networks International announced a new agreement to launch AMC cable network in the UK in September 2015, making it available exclusively to BT customers.
AMC Channel to Launch on BT TV in September
Jun 17 15
BT Group and AMC Networks International have signed an agreement to make the AMC channel available exclusively to BT customers in the UK from September. The multi-year agreement with BT will mark the UK launch for the cable channel, known for premium drama series such as Breaking Bad and Mad Men. It will launch with the exclusive UK TV premiere of the drama 'Fear the Walking Dead' on BT TV.
BT Group plc Signs an Agreement with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd
Jun 17 15
BT Group plc, has signed an agreement with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., to embed additional security capabilities into BT's global network, enabling customers to access cloud-based applications wherever they are hosted. The new embedded Cloud Firewall services are part of a range of hosted security solutions being deployed across BT's global network to deliver its vision of the 'cloud of clouds', as announced in April 2015. As more applications and workloads move to private, public and hybrid clouds, customers require efficient and secure access over a mix of dedicated and public networks. They aim to strike the optimal balance between performance, cost and security. To better protect BT customers' boundaries with the internet, BT is now deploying additional managed security services at its global internet gateways, based on Check Point's 13500 series firewall technology. To improve its cloud services integration capabilities, BT is enhancing the internet breakout from its global network at global gateways. These are located at the world's major internet peering locations. Breakouts can be deployed on a regional basis, which is best for access to general internet cloud facilities, or on an optimized basis, where traffic is kept on-net and breakout to the internet occurs closer to the traffic's destination at specific cloud locations.
Airwave Reportedly In Sale Talks
Jun 12 15
Airwave Solutions Limited is in discussion regarding a sale with a number of interested parties, including Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) and Hong Kong Telecom (PCCW-HKT Limited), Sky News reported on June 11, 2015 citing unnamed sources. Vodafone Group Plc (LSE:VOD) is also considering a bid and BT Group plc (LSE:BT.A) is also keenly eyeing the process but has not submitted an offer yet, the report stated. Airwave's market value stands at £1 billion, including debt, the sources said. Macquarie Group Limited (ASX:MQG) owns Airwave.
BT Signs Second GBP 4.1 Million Contract with Northumberland County Council
Jun 8 15
BT has signed a second, GBP 4.1 million contract with Northumberland County Council to bring FttC/P coverage to another 3,000 homes and businesses by 2017. New locations to benefit include Doddington, Hebron, Longhirst, Matfen and Newtown. The second phase of the iNorthumberland programme is due to begin in January 2016. Combined with the first GBP 18.9 million contract, more than 149,000 premises will have access to the faster broadband service. BT has also announced that its Connecting Cheshire fibre project with four local authorities has now passed over 70,000 premises.