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BT 'seeking mobile partner for 4G network launch'

Friday, April 26th 2013 by Paul France
BT reportedly set to partner with mobile network for 4G launch

BT could partner with EE, O2 or Vodafone to launch a 4G mobile network.

BT is said to be on the lookout for a mobile operator to partner with as it seeks to introduce a 4G super-fast broadband network.

According to the Financial Times, the telecoms giant has initiated a tender for a carrier to provide BT mobile services to business customers and regular consumers, paving the way for a potential reunion with O2 - the company it spun off 12 years ago.

The move comes after BT acquired almost £200 million of super-fast mobile broadband spectrum in the recent 4G auction, through a subsidiary called Niche Spectrum Ventures.

Citing people familiar with the situation, the Financial Times claimed BT could trade the spectrum or use it to deliver next-generation mobile services, alongside a partner.

Vodafone, EE and O2 are all bidding for the BT contract, sources revealed, with the company confirming that it is 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," BT said. "We have a strong position in the Wi-Fi market and we are looking to build on that."

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