EE has signed a deal with cloud services vendor Business Centric Services Group to offer its SME customers a range of dedicated apps.

The two companies have worked together to design and build a service that initially offers 10 apps, including Microsoft Office 365 and Sage Accounting and Payroll.

The UK-based mobile operator said the range of apps will grow over time and will remain “handpicked and best in class”.

In announcing the partnership, EE provided stats from a survey of over 1,000 SMEs, which found that 37 percent of small business employees thought they would be more productive if their bosses provided business apps for use on mobile devices.

However, only 22 percent of SMEs currently offer their staff apps for use at work, according to the survey.

BCSG Managing Director John Davis commented: “Throughout the process, we have worked together to define and offer a new service for EE that is the most extensive offering available through a telecoms provider in the UK.”

The deal follows one that EE made in May with MobileIron to offer a multi-operating system enterprise mobility management platform for SMEs that provides simplified security and control of mobile devices.

In February, the operator announced that over 4,000 enterprises had signed up to its 4G LTE network.

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