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BT reports better-than-expected annual profits

Stock in BT gained nearly 3 per cent on Thursday after the telecoms giant reported better-than-expected annual results.

Underlying pre-tax profits increased by 9 per cent to £901 million in the twelve month ended March 31, while underlying revenues jumped 0.5 per cent.

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BT Announces ADSL2+ to Improve Broadband Speed

In a report based on UK’s fixed line broadband, the UK telecom regulator, Ofcom, stated that broadband speeds in the UK were improving but the gap between the actual and advertised speeds is widening.

Earlier, in April, BT Wholesale announced that it was extending the rollout of ADSL2+, which can offer possible broadband speed of up to 20Mbps. It has outlined measures to extend its ADSL2+ copper network deployment to enhance its broadband services where more number of users can enjoy faster broadband.

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Online piracy case filed by studio in Hollywood

A case with the High Court has been filed by some of the biggest film studios of the world saying that BT should be forced to block access to its website. They argue that it has infringed copyright norms and its piracy is causing them huge losses.

There are some real big names like Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount and 20th Century Fox, who are seeking that some legal step should be taken against BT and so Newzbin website should be blocked permanently. They say that the website allows the users to unlawfully download films.

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MPAA requests UK court to force BT to block access to Newzbin2

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which represents the Hollywood film studios, has requested a UK court to direct British Telecom (BT) to block access to Newzbin2, which allegedly provides access to pirated content.

The MPAA is using Section 97A of the UK Copyright, Designs & Patents Act to compel BT to block access to Newzbin2. The tactic is mostly used by copyright owners to shield their property rights.

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BT to trial 1GB broadband

British government's plan for creating the best broadband network in Europe by 2015 received a big boost as telecommunications giant BT announced a super-fast 1GB broadband service.

BT will start trials of the super-fast service at Kesgrave in Suffolk in early 2011. Trials will take place at as many as forty locations across Britain. However, the complete list of towns to be involved in the BT trials are yet to be announced.

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