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BT Plans iPad Alternative

10:00 AM -- BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is having a busy week -- announcing a profit, expanding its FTTx program, and investing in a cloud gaming specialist. (See BT Ramps FTTx Plans, Turns a Profit.)

As if that weren't enough, the operator has also unveiled its own tablet PC that it plans to sell to its customers starting in 2011. BT insists it's not intended as an iPad-killer, or designed to be used as an alternative to a mobile phone. Instead, it's a multimedia device designed for use in the home. BT has developed the software and applications smarts for the device, but hasn't identified its hardware partner.

See this Guardian report for more.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

IPGambit 12/5/2012 | 4:36:09 PM
re: BT Plans iPad Alternative

BT planning an alternative to iPAD, Verizon in partnership with Google on a Google Pad.  Any sane person would conclude that the service providers are positioning to insert themselves into a value chain driven by Pad computing devices rather than being just the transport provider.  Nice to see some strategic developments back in the industry and the Service Providers looking for partnerships to derive value for the end user whilst re-establishing their own brands.

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