EU Communicate - March 2017
In this latest EU Communicate, we inform you of the latest changes in and around BT.
This month a new agreement between BT and Ofcom was reached on the future governance of Openreach, BT’s access network division, helping further investment in the UK’s digital infrastructure. Separately a new Chairman has been announced, with Jan du Plessis to succeed Sir Mike Rake with effect from November 2017.
Investing in new and young talent, BT is creating 1700 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs, in a variety of new roles and conceiving new products. BT, Ericssson and King’s College London started a new partnership to explore and test 5G technology and new applications. But also today we are innovating and launching new products. We explore new ways of providing mobile 4G coverage by way of drones. We continue to roll out G. fast technology, offering download speeds of up to 330 Mbps.
We bring media content to our consumers, and recently acquired the rights for showing the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football until the end of 2020-21. BT Sport will also bring exclusive FIFA gaming on TV, an example of innovation. These investments show that premium content is a key element in our strategy. It needs the right policy environment based on the fundamentals of copyright, freedom of contract, expertise and resources to adopt content to the local market.
We hope that these principles and commercial approaches will be recognised in the debates at EU level on the Broadcasting (Satellite and Cable) Regulation and Geo-blocking.
We are always keen to get in touch with you to share our views and experiences on these issues.
VP European Affairs
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