Internet service provider BT has been named as a global telecoms leader by leading technology analyst Gartner.
The firm has been included in Gartner's 2011 Magic Quadrants for Pan-European and Global Network Service Providers, recognising BT's status as an international industry leader.
Jeff Kelly, Chief Executive Officer at BT Global Services, said he was "pleased" to see BT named among the industry elite.
"Our ambition is to be the industry's best in partnering with customers as they exploit the tremendous opportunities our technology and expertise present to them," he stated.
"Today's placement comes as we are in the process of making substantial improvements to our network across the world, to make sure we're where our customers need us to be."
The announcement came as BT Openreach revealed details of the next 156 UK locations set to benefit from the rollout of super-fast broadband technology.
BT is investing £2.5 billion in its broadband infrastructure, in a bid to deliver fibre broadband to two-thirds of the UK by 2015.