BT has signed a “multi-year” deal for mobile network EE to provide it with a mobile virtual network, paving the way for it to launch a new consumer mobile network.
The company already offers a BT Mobile service to businesses and public sector bodies
Last year the two companies announced an intention for EE to provide MVNO to BT’s customers and employees based in the UK.
The move was widely seen as a sign that BT plans to re-enter the consumer mobile market, allowing it to offer quad-play packages of mobile, landline, broadband and TV services.
In a statement BT said today’s deal meant customers -will be able to access 2G, 3G and 4G services.
While there’s been widespread speculation about BT’s expected return to consumer services, officially the company will only say that it “has a strong wi-fi presence that it plans to build on.”