BT announces partnership with Facebook and Telecom Infra Project

The communications technology specialist will help drive research into disruptive telecoms technologies.

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BT announces partnership with Facebook and Telecom Infra Project Watson: "The TIP initiative is open innovation at its finest: pushing the boundaries; transforming the traditional use of technologies; and galvanising a global network of like-minded innovators to look beyond the current mix of technologies to the longer-term future."
By  Alexander Pieri Published  March 8, 2017

BT, a global communications technology specialist, has announced that it has entered into partnership with Facebook and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP).

The communications technology specialist will help drive research into disruptive telecoms technologies. The bulk of the project work will be undertaken at BT Labs at Adastral Park, the company’s global research HQ, as well as a site in London’s Tech City.

Howard Watson, CEO Technology, Service & Operations at BT said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to combine BT’s brightest minds with up-and-coming entrepreneurs and Facebook’s global presence.

“The TIP initiative is open innovation at its finest: pushing the boundaries; transforming the traditional use of technologies; and galvanising a global network of like-minded innovators to look beyond the current mix of technologies to the longer-term future.

“This initiative supports our ambition to keep the UK at the very forefront of technology and telecoms innovation on a global scale and to encourage creative talent to engage with engineering and science,” Watson added.

Ashish Kelkar, Board Member, TIP, and Director, Infrastructure Strategy, Facebook, commented: “Facebook is looking forward to working with BT and TIP to support these new Acceleration Centers with technical and market expertise.

“Working together, we hope to help identify and support start-ups who bring fresh ideas to the industry.”   

As part of the initiative, BT and TIP will work together to support promising start-ups within the UK technology and telecoms sector.

TIP was co-founded in 2016 as part as agreement between Facebook, Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom, EE, Nokia and Intel.

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