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Olympics organisers test BT unified comms

Organisers of the 2012 London Olympics are testing BT's cloud-based voice network for the event, the telco said on Wednesday.BT said it has delivered the network, based on Cisco hosted unified communications technology, to connect 25 Olympic venues.

November 9, 2011 by

Tesco in talks over facial recognition tech for stores

The supermarket giant Tesco is examining facial recognition technology that could help it recognise high-value shoppers and shoplifters, according to NEC.NEC senior marketing coordinator George Gimenez told ZDNet UK at the Unified Communications (UC) Expo 2011 in London that Tesco is interested in the technology, called Neoface, because it could help the company identify its top customers as they walk into a branch.

March 8, 2011 by

Britannic launches cloud-based PBX service

The communications company Britannic Technologies has launched a hosted telephony platform called netPBX.Unveiled on Tuesday at the Unified Communications (UC) Expo in London, netPBX is a subscription-based service aimed at home workers and branch locations.

March 8, 2011 by

IT gets set for 2012 Olympics

Atos Origin has revealed its roadmap for getting the technology in place to handle the races, spectators and communications for the 2012 Olympic Games in London

July 27, 2009 by

Cisco replaces Nortel in key 2012 Olympics role

Nortel has been dropped as the official communications supplier for the 2012 London Olympics, and has been replaced by Cisco.In a statement on Friday, the London 2012 Organising Committee (Locog) said it had ended its contract with the bankrupt infrastructure supplier "on good terms".

July 10, 2009 by

BBCi swaps Google for Inktomi

After a year licensing Google's Internet search technology, the British Broadcasting Corporation's interactive division, BBCi, signed a deal to use rival navigation technology from Inktomi, according to Chris Charlton, London-based BBCi's communications manager. "The decision to change our results service provider from Google to Inktomi was taken after the provision of the service was put to public tender, in accordance with EU Procurement Legislation," he said.

March 27, 2003 by

U.K. lawmakers push to split BT

Regulatory action may be taken against British Telecommunications in an attempt to increase competition in the United Kingdom's broadband market, according to an influential group of lawmakers. The select committee has urged the Office of Telecommunications--the U.K. telecom regulator known as Oftel--and its forthcoming replacement, the Office of Communications (OFCOM), to consider separating BT's network business from the rest of the company. The network is BT's physical infrastructure--including local exchanges and cables--as opposed to its service-based operations, such as BTopenworld. One of the benefits of this separation, the committee believes, is that it might bring down broadband prices. The committee's advice was delivered in a report published Wednesday; it echoes a widespread belief among BT's competitors, which say broadband prices would likely fall if a third party owned BT's fixed-line network. BT isn't permitted to sell any products at a loss--an attempt to prevent the company undercutting rivals to boost market share. ZDNet U.K.'s Graeme Wearden reported from London. To read the full story visit ZDNet U.K.

May 1, 2002 by

AOL to break into U.K. broadband

America Online is planning to launch a self-installed broadband product in the United Kingdom this summer. "We've been making lots of progress in our work with (British Telecommunications) to resolve our concerns over the provisioning process for broadband. We're hopeful that we'll be able to launch in the near future...in weeks, rather than months," said Matt Peacock, communications director at AOL U.K. In theory, the Internet service provider could launch its high-speed product tomorrow. The service is up and running, and some AOL customers already have a broadband connection. But Peacock said the company is holding off on a full launch because "we want the service to be absolutely right." In the meantime, AOL is missing out on potential customers. The wholesale broadband price cuts that BT recently made have caused an increase in subscriptions, and Britain is thought to be poised to pass 500,000 broadband home users. ZDNet U.K.'s Graeme Wearden reported from London. To read the full story, visit ZDNet U.K..

April 26, 2002 by

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