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August 28, 2015updated 30 Aug 2016 12:20pm

The Friday Op Ed: TalkTalk Business on why BT & Openreach must split

Highlights of CBR’s exclusive briefing with Charles Bligh, MD of TalkTalk Business, about how the role of networks in business is changing.

By Alexander Sword

1. IT has come full circle

The computing world has shifted back to a centralised model after toying with pushing it out to networks.

"We’re now centralising all of those disparate islands that we’ve spent twenty years pushing out into branch offices and in client servers, so that we’re getting value from our data with network computing."

2. Telecoms and IT are increasingly blending

Boundaries between on-premise, branch and cloud are blurring.

"You’ve seen telecoms companies getting into IT around the world in the last 15 years…IT companies have tried to get into networking; the reality is that it blends."

3. Networking is a business driver, not just an enabler

C-level execs are focusing on how their network can drive new revenue opportunities.

"The fundamentals of how you build your network actually drives how your company runs, where you put processes and the central computing is so intertwined with the business model."

4. Better safe than sorry on the network

Companies now place such store in the network that they are often over-spending on it.

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"We’re seeing a rise in the number of small companies spending an awful lot of money on connectivity. They are prepared to pay substantially more because it’s so core for them. If it’s off the air for a few days or a week it’s so damaging."

5. BT must part with Openreach for the good of all

The problems in the supply chain need to be rectified.

"We’ve insisted that for both consumers and businesses, a separate Openreach would be more efficient, it would invest its capital in a better way and more in tune with its customers rather than what’s good for the whole BT group."

The full article can be read here.

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