EE has signed an agreement with BT to provide mobile virtual network operator [MVNO] services to BT customers and employees.
The multi-year agreement, which is subject to final approval, sees EE replace Vodafone after the latter spent nine years as BT’s MVNO partner. EE also saw off rivals O2 in gaining the contract and BT said, in a statement, that the deal “further strengthens the existing relationship in telecommunications” between itself and EE.
“BT currently provides a range of mobile services, primarily to large corporates, the public sector and small and medium-sized enterprises. For consumers, it has a strong Wi-Fi presence that it plans to build on,” BT added.
BT also confirmed that it “will carefully manage the change from the current MVNO to EE to ensure a seamless transition for customers”.
The deal will benefit BT’s corporate customers as well as its 88,000 workers worldwide with the agreement covering both 3G and 4G services thus meaning that BT can take advantage of EE’s impressive 4G service.
EE confirmed to ITProPortal.com earlier this year that it was in talks with a number of MVNOs over 4G services and the fact it can offer a unmatched 4G service will have been a lure for BT.
BT confirmed back in April that it had began a tender for the MVNO contract with EE competing alongside Vodafone and O2. Vodafone had provided MVNO services to BT since 2004 and its rumoured the deal was cancelled when it bought Cable & Wireless Worldwide last year.
EE winning the BT contract means it now has quite the stable of MVNO partnerships having already signed contracts with the likes of Vectone, Nowmobile, Lycamobile, Talk Mobile and even Three.