EE signs MVNO deal with BT

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Operator takes over contract from Vodafone on a five-year deal

EE and BT have confirmed their MVNO partnership that will see the mobile operator take over BT’s estate of 80,000 staff connections.

The five-year deal – which the two firms announced they were in exclusive discussions for in October 2013 – replaces BT’s existing relationship with Vodafone, who withdrew from the tender process following its purchase of BT’s rival Cable and Wireless Worldwide.

The deal will also include BT providing connectivity for an unknown number of BT’s corporate and worldwide customers.

Announcing the firm’s Q3 results in January BT chief executive Gavin Patterson said it was “going to be a big year for us in terms of mobility”.

He added: “We will be telling you more about that later in the year. Our mobility strategy will build on the strength of our Wi-Fi proposition inside and outside premises.

“It’ll build on the 4G spectrum that we bought this time last year, which lends itself particularly well to an in-premise data delivery, and of course it will build in the new MVNO deal that we have with EE.

“You put all that together, I think we can do some quite interesting things in the mobile space.”

BT declined to give any figures on whether the agreement would see handsets being procured though EE.

The process of porting the connections from Vodafone to Ee will begin in July.

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