Innovation news

All eyes on networks as growth in smart devices continues

20 June 2013
All eyes on networks as growth in smart devices continues
The use by company employees of their own smart devices can help to increase productivity – but businesses need to make sure their networks can cope. 


Intel and BT launch collaborative research laboratory

30 May 2013
Intel and BT launch collaborative research laboratory
The Co-Lab project will see BT researchers working alongside their Intel counterparts to study and develop future telecommunications platforms, as well as new services which could underpin the connected communities of tomorrow. 


BT and Ciena run world’s first 800Gbit/s super-channel trial

24 May 2013
BT and Ciena run world’s first 800Gbit/s super-channel trial
BT has teamed up with network specialist company Ciena to carry out a series of pioneering data transmission trials over the BT UK optical core network infrastructure. 


African communities set to benefit from broadband internet

10 May 2013
African communities set to benefit from broadband internet
The innovative use of under-utilised or decommissioned network and IT equipment is helping to bring broadband internet access to communities across Africa. 


BT sponsors ground-breaking new Science Museum gallery

8 May 2013
BT sponsors ground-breaking new Science Museum gallery
BT is to become the lead sponsor of a new £15.6 million gallery at the Science Museum in London which celebrates how innovation in communications technology has changed our lives over the last 200 years. 


Global recognition for BT optical research team

16 April 2013
Global recognition for BT optical research team
Years of dedicated work researching optical communications have paid dividends for a crack team from BT Technology, Service and Operations. 


Rise of the phablets

26 March 2013
Rise of the phablets
The dazzling popularity of phablets is continuing to increase with sales set to more than double this year. 


Ground breaking cyber-security system from BT shortlisted for European award

7 March 2013
Ground breaking cyber-security system from BT shortlisted for European award
BT has been shortlisted for a major European award for a security system that opens up a new flank in the fight against cyber-attacks. 


Apps, video and webchat: they’re edging out the phone as the new ways to interact with companies

6 March 2013
Apps, video and webchat: they’re edging out the phone as the new ways to interact with companies
People are increasingly turning to smartphone apps, video and webchat instead of picking up the telephone when they want to communicate with organisations. 


Las Vegas showstopper points to the future of gadgets

25 February 2013
Las Vegas showstopper points to the future of gadgets
Jean-Marc Frangos is managing director, external innovation BT Technology Service & Operations (TSO). Here, he gives a round-up of the innovations seen at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. 


Webchat

08 February 2013
Research highlights growing effectiveness of webchat  
The increasing use of webchat as a communications channel is having a positive impact on both contact centres and their customers. 


BT SmartTalk app

15 January 2013
New BT SmartTalk app makes smartphone calls cheaper 
A new app which allows BT customers to make phone calls using their iPhone from anywhere in the world - but bills them as if they were calling from their BT home phone - has been launched on the iTunes App Store. 


BT to open new centres in Malaysia to support global business

6 December 2012
BT to open new centres in Malaysia to support global business
BT is strengthening its ties in Asia Pacific after agreeing to establish a new centre in Malaysia to nurture skills and expertise. 


BT researcher ‘royally’ pleased after winning award for being a ‘role model’ for girls

4 December 2012
BT researcher ‘royally’ pleased after winning award for being a ‘role model’ for girls
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, has presented BT researcher Jia-Yan Gu with a WISE Excellence Award for being an inspiration to girls.


Superfast broadband Cornwall

29 November 2012
World’s fastest high-speed broadband service goes live in Cornwall
BT has published details of the first ever proof-of-concept trial of a 10Gbps or ‘hyper-fast’ broadband network.



Laura Harvey

27 November 2012
BT apprentice wins award for inspiring next generation of engineers and scientists
Laura Harvey - a higher apprentice at BT Innovate and Design (BTID) - has been recognised for her work enthusing young people to take up careers in science and technology.


Young IT Professional of the Year

20 November 2012
BT has a winning night at UK IT Industry Awards
A young researcher at BT Innovate & Design (BTID) has scooped the top prize at this year’s UK IT Industry Awards.


BT Wi-fi

12 November 2012
Number of BT Wi-fi hotspots sails past 7.5m
BT has clocked up more than 7.5 million wi-fi hotspots across the world, the company announced recently.


Audio conferencing becomes more life-like

12 November 2012
Audio conferencing becomes more life-like
Audio conferences are set to become more life-like following a decision by BT to use the latest technology from Dolby Laboratories Inc.


Health cloud

9 November 2012
Bright forecast for BT’s new ‘health cloud’ services
BT has unveiled two new innovative cloud-based services that are set to provide a shot in the arm for the healthcare industry.


BT China

23 October 2012
BT strengthens ties with world-renowned Tsinghua University
BT has launched a new research lab in China forging a new chapter of collaboration in innovation and technology.


St George's Park

16 October 2012
BT technology at heart of FA’s new national football centre
The Football Association’s (FA) new national football centre is a state-of-the-art training centre for English football.


Ireland duo win European young scientist competition

01 October 2012
Ireland duo win European young scientist competition
The winners of this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition have gone on to scoop the 24th European Union Young Scientist competition in Bratislava.


Seb Coe applauds BT for London 2012 success

14 September 2012
Seb Coe applauds BT for London 2012 success
BT had a record-breaking summer to ensure that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were the ‘most connected ever’.


Ultra light cable is unsung star of Cornwall fibre roll-out

12 September 2012
Ultra light cable is unsung star of Cornwall fibre roll-out
While everyone was focused on the record-breaking events of London 2012, the rural county of Cornwall was celebrating its own milestone.


Ultra light cable is unsung star of Cornwall fibre roll-out

12 September 2012
Innovation in 1984 underpins London 2012
London 2012 has been dominated by human record breakers. But there have also been some technological feats that are just as impressive.


Alexandra Township, north of Johannesburg

10 September 2012
BT help teenagers in South Africa get access to online mentoring
A new eco-friendly laboratory, which will be used to help mentor teenagers, has been unveiled in South Africa.


Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly - winners of BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2012

3 September 2012
Bright sparks visit BT research hub ahead of EU science competition
Two rising stars of science and technology visited BT’s research centre at Adastral Park in Suffolk as part of their preparations for an international science competition.


The Pulse showcase

25 June 2012
The future of healthcare on display at BT 
BT has opened an exciting new interactive display at its research and development centre at Adastral Park, Suffolk that showcases the future of healthcare.


Eco-friendly 'Network Virtualisation' saves money

19 June 2012
Eco-friendly 'Network Virtualisation' saves money
BT – working with HP, Intel, Tail-f Systems, Verivue and Wind River – has carried out research that would replace bespoke hardware-based network appliances with software running on industry standard servers.


The entire BT team at the ceremony. Picture courtesy of Global Telecoms Business/Steven Hughes

18 June 2012
Innovation awards triumph for BT
BT Operate, Openreach, BT Wholesale and BT Innovate & Design all emerged as winners in the Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation Awards.


AMBIT

18 June 2012
BT scoops Guardian award for web-based youth health project
A collaborative IT project from BT that helps vulnerable young people has topped the Guardian’s Innovation Nation awards.


Jia-Yan Gu

18 May 2012
BT research scientist receives accolade
The inspirational work of BT research scientist Jia-Yan Gu has been recognised at this year's prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Awards.


Ashish Gupta

17 May 2012
BT executive wins innovations accolade
Ashish Gupta - president, portfolio and service design at BT Global Services – has been named one of the communications industry's young leaders of today.


Emerging Network Consortium

5 April 2012
BT joins internet-shaping industry consortium
BT has become one of the founding members of a high-profile, high-tech initiative that seeks to bring a new generation of the internet to users worldwide.


Fibre optics

2 April 2012
Oxford village makes fibre broadband history
A small village in Oxfordshire is set to make history by becoming the first community in the UK to have its copper telephone wires replaced entirely by fibre optic cables.


Cable theft

29 March 2012
BT technology targets cable thieves
BT has unveiled a burglar alarm for its phone and broadband networks as part of a crack down on cable thieves.


EXPO

13 March 2012
BT gives retail therapy innovative twist
BT is giving a sneak peak of the future of shopping when it appears at the Retail Week EXPO at Earl's Court in London.


BT Health customer triumphs at industry awards

07 February 2012
BT Health customer triumphs at industry awards
World-renowned teaching hospital and key BT Health customer, Barts and The London NHS Trust scooped a prestigious award against tough competition at this year's UK Public Sector Digital Awards.


BT young scientists honoured

24 January 2012
BT young scientists honoured
Two teenage scientists have scooped the 48th annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2012 in Dublin taking the top prize at the show.


BT helps produce new accessibility and technology charter

19 December 2011
BT helps produce new accessibility and technology charter
BT has played a key role in producing an industry charter that aims to ensure technology and services are fully accessible to disabled and elderly people.


BT honoured for dedication to young people

19 December 2011
BT honoured for dedication to young people
BT has been recognised for the dedication and hard work it provides in motivating young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths.


Context and Semantics for Knowledge Management

6 December 2011
Context and Semantics for Knowledge Management
A top BT researcher has worked with world experts to publish a book on software developments in knowledge management - with BT Business sales teams trying out their findings.


BT Conferencing

23 November 2011
Videoconferencing just got easier
BT Conferencing has made it easier for people to take part in online meetings by seamlessly connecting different pieces of equipment.


Recycled mobile phones

1 November 2011
BTI&D gives mobile phone security advice to Radio 5 listeners
In a piece with Martin Lewis on BBC Radio 5 Live last week about making money from recycling mobile phones, BT Innovate & Design's head of information security, Andrew Jones, was on hand to remind consumers about precautions they should take first.


Talk Gym

1 November 2011
Working out to improve young people's communication
According to Jean Gross, the government's communication champion for children, 47 per cent of employers in England find it difficult to find recruits with an appropriate level of oral communication skills.


Shanghai city

20 October 2011
Second innovation showcase opens in China
BT has opened a second Customer Innovation Showcase in Shanghai making China the only country outside the United Kingdom with two BT showcase centres.


BT Vision box

22 September 2011
BT Vision introduces new interactive presenter
BT Vision – the TV service from BT - has unveiled a new interactive friendly male character to showcase all the features and benefits available to viewers.


Awards

21 September 2011
Innovation puts BT on awards roll
The merits and work of BT's Innovation & Design division (BTID) have been acknowledged by industry award schemes not once but twice in the last week.


Teleware

17 August 2011
Financial sector can now access mobile recording to meet FSA rules
BT and mobile software company Teleware have joined forces to provide a mobile device recording service for the financial sector.


Balanced Communications Diet

12 July  2011
BT 'Balanced Communications Diet' helps those overwhelmed by communications technology
An international study led by the University of Cambridge has found that one in three people has felt overwhelmed by technology such as texting, e-mail and social networking.


New Dehli Map

08 July  2011
BT opens new technology showcase in New Delhi
BT has opened a new technology showcase in New Delhi as part of its investment plan in India and the broader Asia Pacific region.


4G news

27 May 2011
BT's 4G technology trial paves the way rural broadband pilot
BT Wholesale and Everything Everywhere have come up with an innovative new way that could bring broadband to rural areas.


New BT app manages video conference calls

23 May 2011
New BT app manages video conference calls
BT Conferencing has launched a new app that makes video conferencing calling easier than ever before.


BT's Got Talent with new online voting service

16 May 2011
BT's Got Talent with new online voting service
BT Agilemedia – which already provides the technology that handles telephone voting for all the major programmes in the UK .


Innovation reigns in voice arena

29 March 2011
Innovation reigns in voice arena
BT has been showcasing its very latest innovative work that is helping deliver better, safer and more efficient patient care to the NHS.


Healthcare Innovation EXPO 2011

28 March 2011
BT Health innovation on show at expo
BT has been showcasing its very latest innovative work that is helping deliver better, safer and more efficient patient care to the NHS.


Singapore skyline

15 March 2011
Singapore shines with new technology showcase
BT has opened a new technology showcase in Singapore as part of its Asia Pacific expansion plan.


BT launches virtual firewall service

3 March 2011
BT launches virtual firewall service
A convenient and cost effective cloud-based security solution - the Managed Virtual Firewall Service (MVFS) - has been launched by BT.


BT Infinity

26 January 2011
Fibre is a life changing technology
If you're in any doubt about the impact fast broadband has on people's lives, just ask the inhabitants of Innerleithen.


iPad

21 January 2011
Want free wi-fi for your iPad? There's an App for that!
BT has unveiled a new application that allows its home broadband customers with an iPad to get free wi-fi on the move.


Technology bring new lease of life for heart patients

11 January 2011
Technology bring new lease of life for heart patients
Patients in the Wakefield district suffering from chronic heart failure are taking part in an innovative trial that allows them to manage their condition from home.


BT pushes boundaries of super-fast broadband

8 December 2010
BT pushes boundaries of super-fast broadband
BT has unveiled its latest plans for super-fast broadband further supporting the government's vision of creating the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015.


Openreach starts electric van trial

23 November 2010
Openreach starts electric van trial
Engineers at BT's Openreach division have begun trialling energy efficient electric vans, as part of BT's commitment to reduce its global carbon intensity by 80 per cent by 2020.


3D deals give BT Vision greater depth

12 November 2010
3D deals give BT Vision greater depth
BT Vision viewers will now be able to watch films in 3D adding a whole new dimension to watching movies.


BT Openzone at Charing Cross

1 November 2010
London Underground and BT to trial wi-fi at Charing Cross tube station
Travellers will be able to log on to the internet from their laptops or mobile phones at Charing Cross tube station following the news that London Underground has teamed up with BT Openzone to launch a six month wi-fi trial.


BT Phonebook

1 November 2010
Android App puts BT Phone Book at your fingertips
A free Android app which makes the Phone Book available to mobile users has been launched by BT.


Spain flag map

25 October 2010
BT's Virtual Data Centre takes Spanish customers "beyond the cloud"
BT has launched its Virtual Data Centre (VDC) in Spain, helping Spanish enterprises and public sector organisations improve their competitiveness thanks to the benefits of cloud-based IT infrastructure.


Surfer

14 October 2010
Cornwall prepares for high-speed surfing
A new high-speed broadband network is to be created in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly bringing super-fast internet access to the region.


New York Stock Exchange

21 September 2010
Financial markets in the money with cloud-based collaborative services
BT has revealed plans to network the global financial community with the launch of its collaboration suite for financial markets.


TV over broadband

15 September 2010
New online video platform brings live TV over broadband closer
The prospect of watching live TV over a broadband connection is another step closer following BT's decision to use Cisco's award winning Content Delivery System as the 'backbone' for its open online video delivery network.


Smartphone

08 September 2010
New Smartphone app make BT wi-fi access even easier
BT has launched a new free mobile application that will automatically connect customers to its network of 1.6 million wi-fi hotspots, making it even easier for them to access the internet when they are on the move.


Campers say hi-de-hi to wi-fi

17 August 2010
Campers say hi-de-hi to wi-fi
The rise in 'glamping' or 'glamorous camping' has driven an explosion in wi-fi usage across British holiday and leisure parks - including camping and caravan sites.


BT helps Unilever to innovate

15 July 2010
BT helps Unilever to innovate
Unilever has extended its £1billion outsourcing contract with BT as part of plans to accelerate the roll-out of innovative new services across the global consumer brand business.


BT partnership funds fibre broadband in Iwade

15 July 2010
BT partnership funds fibre broadband in Iwade
Local residents in the village of Iwade, Kent, are set to benefit from super-fast fibre broadband following an innovative partnership between BT and the local Parish Council.


BT helps millions of Freeview viewers enjoy a high definition world cup

23 June 2010
BT helps millions of Freeview viewers enjoy a high definition world cup
Millions of Freeview viewers across the UK to watch the world cup in high definition (HD) for the first time thanks to BT.


Honours go to BT innovation teams

27 May 2010
Honours go to BT innovation teams
BT has received global recognition for its research teams and leadership at a prestigious innovation awards ceremony in the south of France.


Ribbit claims top award

13 May 2010
Ribbit claims top award
BT software company Ribbit has won a major award for its innovation...


Tommy Hilfiger is a trend setter with 'virtual fitting rooms

30 April 2010
Tommy Hilfiger is a trend setter with 'virtual fitting rooms'
Designers at premium lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger are to use a BT videoconferencing solution to help fashion their new garments...


JP high in Wired 100 poll

22 April 2010
JP high in Wired 100 poll
The managing director of BT Innovate and Design, JP Rangaswami has been ranked high in a new survey of "top digital power brokers" published by Wired Magazine in the UK...


Plotstar can organise your social life

13 April 2010
Plotstar can organise your social life
BT and Io-me, a company spun-off from BT's Adastral Park research centre, have come together to develop a new lifestyle-linked mobile phone application...


Clive Selley is to become the new chief executive of BT Innovate and Design

24 March 2010
New chief executive for BT Innovate and Design
Clive Selley is to become the new chief executive of BT Innovate and Design...


BT to offer national videoconferencing service over N3 NHS broadband network

March 2010
BT launches interactive travel website with ILGA
BT has teamed up with the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) to launch an interactive travel website.


BT to offer national videoconferencing service over N3 NHS broadband network

1 March 2010
BT to offer national videoconferencing service over N3 NHS broadband network
BT is to offer NHS Trusts a national videoconferencing service over N3, the secure national broadband network it has built and is managing for the NHS...


IP Exchange wins ITSPA innovation award

13 January 2010
IP Exchange wins ITSPA innovation award
ITSPA, the UK's industry body for internet telephony service providers, has voted BT Wholesale's IP Exchange "the most innovative VoIP product of the year"...


Gary Shainberg, vice president of Technology & Innovation Support

8 January 2010
BT's wi-fi network wows the bloggers and Tweeters at LeWeb
A wi-fi network provided and managed by BT Innovate & Design for a major European web conference has gained the enthusiastic approval of more than 2,400 attendees...