BT switches business tariffs to 4G – consumers next year

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Developments follow telecom provider’s to switch its MVNO agreement from Vodafone to EE earlier this year

BT has confirmed it will begin offering 4G business tariffs within the next few weeks, whilst also revealing its first consumer mobile tariffs since 2001 will go live in April next year.

The news follows BT’s decision in March to switch from Vodafone – with whom it had an MVNO agreement for almost 10 years – to EE.

Vodafone is understood to have dropped out of the tender process to focus on the recently-acquired Cable & Wireless.

BT said it will start helping customer migrate from next month but has so far not revealed an end date for this migration.

Pricing details on BT’s Business Mobile 4G tariffs have not yet been revealed, although BT says a 4G option will be available across all existing ‘Talk Time’ tariffs.

In addition to EE’s 4G network, which covers 72 per cent of the UK, BT will utilise spectrum it secured through its subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures in the 4G auction in February 2013. BT Group spent £186.5 million in securing spectrum of 2x15MHz and 1x20MHz in the 2.66GHz band.

BT said it will look to use spectrum from that allocation in due course to help boost its offering but declined to provide further details. It also confirmed it will finally return to the consumer market in April next year – a market it has been absent from since 2001, having operated as BT Cellnet.

BT is widely expected to launch a quad-play offering, to include its broadband, mobile, fixed line and TV services.

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