UK operator EE is set to provide MVNO services to BT customers and employees after it signed a deal with the telco.
The two companies announced in October last year that they had entered exclusive discussions about a possible contract. BT previously used Vodafone as its MVNO provider but is understood to have moved to replace it because of the telco's purchase of Cable and Wireless Worldwide.
The "multi-year" deal will see EE provide mobile services to BT's large corporate, public sector and small and medium-sized enterprise customers. BT said it would manage the change from Vodafone to EE "to ensure a seamless transition for customers". As part of the deal, BT's mobile customers will be able to access 2G, 3G and 4G services. BT has 88,000 employees but hinted it could return to consumer market after saying "it has a strong wi-fi presence [for consumers] that it plans to build on".
Confirmation of the BT deal follows a flurry of activity for EE in the MVNO space. Also in October 2013, it extended its long-running MVNO partnership with Virgin Mobile, which dates back to it launching on the then Orange network in 1999. In September 2013, British supermarket chain Asda selected EE to provide it with MVNO services. The supermarket already received in-store white label Wi-Fi and mobile services to staff from the UK's number one operator.