Quiz Of The Week: BT

Peter Judge has been involved with tech B2B publishing in the UK for many years, working at Ziff-Davis, ZDNet, IDG and Reed. His main interests are networking security, mobility and cloud

It’s good to talk… and it’s good to do our BT quiz!

Loved and hated by many, BT (formerly British Telecom) has been a British tech icon since it was formed in the early 1980s. This week we test your knowledge of the firm.

BT can claim to be the world’s oldest telecoms provider, as the General Post Office licensed phones pretty soon after the technology was patented by inventor Alexander Graham Bell. After a period of commercial free-for-all, the nation’s phone lines were nationalised – put under government ownership – and a communications giant was created.

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Once it was privatised, BT’s struggles began, with telephone boxes, customer service, and a series of technology revolutions.

In the last thirty years, the company has weathered the arrival of mobile phones, broadband, and IP telephony, along with a deregulated, international market for services.

Along the way, it has done its best to entertain the nation with a series of adverts, featuring characters such as Beattie (shown here) in the 1990s.

It’s also shuffled a confusing constellation of brands, partners and products.

How much do you know about the company?  We have fifteen questions for you – and none of the answers are on this page

Do the quiz!

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