BT searching for 4G mobile operator partner


BT has confirmed it is looking for a mobile operator to partner with, after winning 4G spectrum earlier this year

BT is looking to re-enter the mobile phone market by launching 4G services in partnership with a mobile operator.

The company confirmed it has begun a tender, which is open to all mobile operators. According to sources quoted by the Financial Times, BT could favour a deal with O2, which it sold in 2001 when the operator was in debt.

BT currently provides a business mobile service using Vodafone’s network, although sources cited by the newspaper said this agreement was nullified when Vodafone acquired Cable & Wireless, BT’s network rival.

Vodafone, EE and O2 are believed to be bidding for the BT contract.

BT said: “We can confirm we’re looking for a fresh partnership with a mobile operator. We won some excellent 4G spectrum just recently so it makes sense for us to explore the new opportunities that 4G presents. We have a strong position in the WiFi market and we are looking to build on that.

“[BT is] rolling out fibre at breakneck speed and its obvious that customers want decent speeds when they’re out and about as well as at home.”