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(CNN) -- BT Group, formerly known as British Telecommunications, was privatised in 1984.

The London-based group is the UK's leading communications carrier -- providing local and long-distance phone services, as well as data transmission over its networks.

Faced with increasing competition and a heavy debt load, BT launched a restructuring programme that included the demerger in 2001 of its mobile phone unit mm02 as a separately listed company.

BT recently sold Yell, its phone directory business, and ended Concert, its joint venture with AT&T which provided global telecom services to businesses.

BT is now concentrating on domestic fixed-line services, as well as providing information and communications technology services globally through BT Ignite. BT has 110,000 employees worldwide.

Web site: www.btplc.com

Chairman: Christopher Bland




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