NEW YORK, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- BT has been announced as a winner of
IDG's InfoWorld 100 awards for 2005. BT was recognized for its 21st Century
Network (21CN), one of the most ambitious network transformation projects in
the communications world today and one of the largest single procurement
programs ever in the communications industry. Through 21CN, BT will deliver
its vision of a converged, multimedia world where customers can access any
communications service from any device, anywhere, at broadband speed.
The annual InfoWorld 100 awards honor the corporate IT projects that
demonstrate the most creative use of cutting-edge technologies to further
their business goals. To be considered, projects must stretch beyond the
typical, off-the-shelf solution, using multiple technologies in innovative
ways to serve well-defined business goals.
"IT departments continue to learn hard lessons about business realities
and realistic ROI," said Eric Knorr, executive editor-at-large. "The InfoWorld
100 provides a forum for IT managers to get the recognition they deserve for
smart projects from an audience of their peers."
BT will invest up to 10 billion pound Sterling (USD $18 billion) over the
next 5 years in 21CN, creating the enabling infrastructure for growth at BT
underpinning the company's strategy to deliver information communications
technology, mobility and broadband services.
"BT is driving the future of innovation through the 21CN network
transformation, which is unprecedented in both size and scope. By moving to an
IP-based converged infrastructure globally, BT will reduce costs and
complexity in the network and will be able to deliver a wide range of new
converged communications to businesses, consumers and the wider telecoms
industry. 21CN represents an exciting time for BT -- it will accelerate our
transformation from a traditional telecoms company to the number one global
networked IT services company" said Matt Bross, CTO, BT.
InfoWorld's Special Report, announcing the 2005 winners is available at:
For more information on BT's 21CN, go to:
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions
serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its principal
activities include networked IT services, local, national and international
telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products
BT consists principally of three lines of business:
* BT Retail, providing a comprehensive range of communications and related
services to more than 20 million UK consumers and businesses.
* BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK to
more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers including
the provision of broadband and private circuits.
* BT Global Services, providing networked IT services to meet the needs of
multi-site organisations globally. BT Global Services operates in more
than 130 countries and also offers international carrier services.
From January 2006, there will be a fourth business called Openreach. This
business will be responsible for the nationwide local BT network which covers
the "first mile" of wires that connects homes and businesses across the UK to
their service providers. Openreach will provide communications providers with
services and products associated with that network.
In the year ended 31 March 2005, BT Group's turnover was 18,623 million
pounds with profit before taxation of 2,354 million pounds.
BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. British
Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and
encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.
For more information, visit http://www.bt.com/aboutbt
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About InfoWorld Media Group
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evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging
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About International Data Group (IDG)
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research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than
300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld,
GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. The company
features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than
400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170
computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R),
Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides
global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company
information is available at http://www.idg.com.
SOURCE BT Group plc