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BT Announces New Addition to its BT Assure Portfolio, Assure Threat Defense

BT announced new addition to its BT Assure portfolio, Assure Threat Defense. BT has combined cutting edge event monitoring technology and professional services to create Assure Threat Defense which helps customers and security analysts better identify and react to advanced and sophisticated cyber security threats. Specifically designed to counteract the growing threat posed by complex and targeted attacks by cyber criminals, the new service automatically monitors network traffic and downloads. It enables users to identify complex infections across the full range of customer devices - such as PCs, laptops, mobile devices, servers, and files. Often referred to as 'Advanced Persistent Threats', these complex cyber-attacks are capable of bypassing traditional security monitors which usually rely on signature-based detection tools. Assure Threat Defense does not rely on signature-based detection techniques and is able to detect and prevent complex and sophisticated attacks, as well as unknown and custom malware. Once a threat is identified, BT security analysts investigate the issue, evaluate the risk and notify the customer with highly informed details on the threat's targets and associated cyber security information. Combining threat detection capabilities with swift response times means that customers using the new solution are assured of continuous threat protection. BT is piloting the new service in the Americas, with a worldwide launch planned for later in the year.

BT Launches New Cloud Voice Service for UK Office-Based Small and Medium Sized Businesses

BT announced on September 29, 2014 that BT Business has introduced Cloud Voice, a new cloud service that expands its range of phone services designed for UK office-based small to medium sized businesses, providing a more flexible, future-proofed service. BT Cloud Voice reportedly includes all the traditional office phone system call features and quality using a BT internet connection. The new business-grade IP Voice service, that uses cloud technology, enables users to make calls over the Internet without compromising on call quality. The management system also includes intelligent call handling features, as well as advanced features such as conferencing, call recording, desktop sharing, soft phones and a smartphone app. The new hosted solution is available via a software licence with three licence options: The entry level functional service BT Cloud Voice Basic; BT Cloud Voice Connect, designed for office based users who need more flexibility than a simple phone system; and BT Cloud Voice Collaborate aimed at mobile or home workers who want to be able to use additional features such as audio and web conferencing and make calls via multiple devices. All calls are made over the BT Business network and users are provided with an IP phone and a BT call plan, with minutes purchased at company level.

BT Plans to Expand its Data Centre in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands

BT announced plans to expand its data centre in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. With the addition of high-capacity servers in a new room, the capacity will increase by 30% in early 2015.

BT unveils 1Gbps G.Fast Broadband Technology

BT has unveiled a new technology it is testing that could significantly boost the speed of copper broadband networks far beyond anything available. The technology is called G.Fast and in trials it has shown that speeds of 1Gbps, mixing download and upload, are possible running over copper connections between an exchange and a home or business. BT said tests at its Adastral Park research lab in Ipswich have seen speeds of 786Mbps over a 19m piece of copper and uploads of 231Mbps. Over a longer 66m copper connection, tests achieved downloads of 696Mbps and uploads of 200Mbps. The 66m results are particularly notable as BT said this is the average length of a copper connection between a premise and the BT network so there is significant potential for G.Fast to boost broadband connections around the UK. G.Fast works in two ways: by taking fibre closer to the premise by running it from a cabinet to a telephone pole or . This is complemented by a new transmission technology that reduces the 'crosstalk' from other copper lines. BT likens this to noise-cancelling technology in headphones. There is still a way to go before G.Fast enters the mainstream market, though, with the standard for the technology - G.9701 - yet to be agreed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). However, this is expected by December. BT could start offering commercial availability of G.Fast by late 2015, although whether it would roll out such a service would be dependent on the demand for these high speeds. The potential for the technology is significant, though, because while the cost of rolling fibre to all premises would be prohibitively expensive, and disruptive, G.Fast could prove a much more efficient way of meeting future broadband needs. Currently BT is working on fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) deployments, to offer speeds of around 80Mbps upload, which would be enough to use most web speeds, however future-proofing networks is vital as data demands will only grow.

BT And Traceall Global to Improve Global Traceability

BT and Traceall Global announced that the companies will work together to provide better traceability, helping customers maintain good sustainability practices while increasing control of assets in the supply chain. BT has teamed up with Traceall Global, to deliver an exciting and innovative new supply chain solution to their customers. Supplier Exchange is a secure, centrally-managed web based system delivering a 360 degree end-to-end view of the supply chain. It controls and manages the products and processes associated with a brand and business, right down to the smallest detail. By setting stringent standards and ethics on farming, raw materials, chemicals, labour, manufacturing, processing and logistics, a brand can mitigate risk, improve efficiencies, deliver consistent quality, protect its reputation and operate sustainably. BT Trace is a portfolio of specific applications that take advantage of BT's technologies, global networks, infrastructure and industry standards to provide supply chain solutions for customers. BT Trace has five different variations for industries and needs, including BT Global Trace, BT Asset Trace, BT Inventory Trace, BT Trace for Retail and BT Trace for Health. Each of the solutions is utilized differentl y, but with the same fundamental goal to create a seamless, visible and cost efficient supply chain.


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