From phones to football: The changing strategic focus of BT

Whalley, Jason and Curwen, Peter (2017) From phones to football: The changing strategic focus of BT. Telematics and Informatics, 34 (5). pp. 798-809. ISSN 0736-5853

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For over a decade BT has been investing significant sums to shift its focus away from the provision of voice telephony towards the Internet. This shift is epitomised by the widespread availability of broadband and the company’s purchase of the rights to broadcast English Premier League football games. This paper argues that its dominance in the voice telephony market funded its initial expansion into these new markets, and that broadband and sports content are mutually supportive lines of business. The paper also highlights the significant contribution that Openreach makes to the overall profitability of BT, and the challenges that exist as a result.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: BT; Internet; Broadband; Content
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 13:44
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 21:46

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