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BT 21CN head leaves

Antony Savvas

The architect of BT's £10bn 21st Century Network (21CN) is leaving the company.

Reynolds is chief executive of BT Wholesale and a board member. As well as leading work on the all IP 21CN, Reynolds has been responsible for creating BT’s extensive broadband network.

He played a key part in creating the Openreach division, which helped prevent Ofcom stepping in and sanctioning BT over its failure to create a level playing field for competitors to offer alternative broadband services using parts of BT’s network.

Reynolds will be leaving BT in September to take up the position of CEO of Telecom New Zealand. He joined BT in 1983 after leaving university and joined the board in November 2001.

Reynolds said, “BT now has Europe’s largest wholesale business and 21CN is recognised across the world as leading the way in industry transformation. BT has the talent and momentum to keep in the lead. I am really excited by the challenge of leading change in a new environment as CEO of Telecom New Zealand.”

The building of the 21CN is designed to allow BT to offer more flexible and scalable IP voice and data services to businesses and consumers, but its roll-out is only being done gradually.

So far, only one small village in South Wales has an all-IP network, as BT works to make Cardiff and other towns in the area the first all-IP area in the UK.

BT engineers are regularly being drafted in from other parts of the UK to help deliver this part of the project.

Following a recent restructure at the head of its organisation, Andy Green, BT's new CEO of group strategy and operations, will take control of work relating to 21CN from next month. 

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