BT has formally signed a contract with EE for the delivery of mobile services to its customers, after dropping former partner Vodafone.
The deal means BT's corporate customers will now receive select mobile services via the EE network, such as voice calls, 3G data and high-speed 4G services. BT's 88,000-strong workforce will also use the network for mobile services.
BT said it would work to ensure the change from Vodafone to EE was “seamless” to ensure its services were not affected. BT confirmed to V3 that business customers will be sent a new SIM to swap as part of this process.
The intention to sign the deal was first announced in October after BT had put its contract for mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services to tender. O2 had also been in the running but eventually BT went with EE.
EE was upbeat on the latest deal. "EE was selected based on the strength of its network, its strong industry reputation, and its flexible and technologically advanced MVNO platform," it said.
The firm now has over 20 mobile virtual network operator contracts, including with Asda, which it also won at the expense of Vodafone. Virgin Media Business is also offering mobile services to customers via EE's network.
BT paid £186m in the auctions in 2013 for three blocks of 4G spectrum within the 2.6GHz band, but has so far not made any move to use this holding for live services.
It could potentially use it as infill for broadband coverage, though, as it may prove easier to deploy than fixed networks in some of the remotest regions. The government put £10m up for grabs for a potential solution to the challenges of remote broadband coverage on Monday.
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