BT Sets Out Global Vision

BT today set out its global vision predicting strong growth in the US, Japan, India and China. Revenues from those important markets are expected to more than double by 2008/9 whilst the company said it is targeting turnover of one billion euros in both the Italian and the German markets during the same period.

BT also announced it will deliver £400 million of annualised cost savings from its Global Services division by 2008/9. This will help the division to invest for the future and achieve its targets for EBITDA growth.

The company also revealed it will launch Corporate Fusion in early 2007 as well as expand its global network providing it with a further competitive edge over its competitors.

BT Global Services is the fastest growing division within the BT Group. It supports large businesses and organisations across the globe. Its chief executive Andy Green said today: “BT Global Services is thriving. We have transformed the division into a leading supplier of networked IT services based on the most extensive and resilient network in the world. We have very ambitious plans and BT’s brand is fast becoming as familiar to businessmen in New York, Tokyo, Mumbai and Shanghai as it is in Europe.

“BT’s corporate business is an increasingly important part of the company’s growth strategy. Our diversification into global networked IT services sets BT apart from other telcos.”

BT Global Services provides its customers with networked IT services based on BT’s global network. The division employs 27,500 staff in 53 countries and supplies services in more than 170 countries. Clients include Reuters, Unilever, Philips and the NHS. The division achieved 15 per cent revenue growth last financial year winning £5.4bn in networked IT services orders in that period.

Whilst the division currently generates most of its revenues from the UK and Western Europe, BT confirmed today that it expects to more than double its revenues in the US, Japan, India and China over the next three years. This growth will be driven by an increase in investment and personnel in those countries. The company also expects both its German and Italian operations to generate revenues of 1 billion euros by 2008/9 and for there to be double-digit growth in Spain and the Benelux countries.

BT revealed it is currently adding a new city to its MPLS network every week and connecting more than 3,000 customer sites a month. The capacity of the network has been expanded six fold over the last year and carries the digitised equivalent of the Library of Congress, Washington DC, five times a day. BT believes its global 21st century network is already the broadest, richest and most resilient in the world enabling companies and organisations to instantly trade across the globe with complete confidence.

Finally, BT announced it is to launch Corporate Fusion in early 2007. This is a new service for large organisations enabling them to take advantage of fixed-mobile convergence and their increasing deployment of IP telephony and WiFi coverage. This will potentially deliver greater productivity, the possibility of reduced GSM call costs and an improved quality of service. Leeds City Council were confirmed today as the first major triallist for the innovative service.