EE set to beat O2 to BT MVNO contract


Operator on the verge of signing multi-year agreement with telecoms provider to supply its customers and employees with mobile services 

BT has chosen EE ahead of O2 as the preferred bidder in the exclusive contract to provide its customers and employees with MVNO services.

In April, the telecoms provider began a tender for the contract, with EE, O2 and Vodafone all competing. Vodafone had held the contract since 2004 but according to reports, that deal was cancelled when it bought BT’s rival Cable & Wireless Worldwide for £1 billion last year.

Vodafone decided to rebid for the contract but withdrew its interest a month later, bringing an end to its nine-year partnership with BT, and leaving EE and O2 to compete against each other.

EE said BT will carefully manage the change from the current MVNO to itself to ensure a seamless transition for customers.

The telecoms provider currently provides a range of mobile services, primarily to large corporates, the public sector and SMEs.