BT 'seeking mobile partner for 4G network 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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