The supermarket piggybacks on the BT-owned mobile network, allowing it to offer a range of Pay As You Go tariffs to “hundreds of thousands” of customers. The two firms signed a five-year contract in August 2014 and have now extended the deal to the end of 2020.
First rolling-out in the Midlands, the lockers are powered by Pelipod, a connected parcel delivery solution business recently bought by BT’s Wholesale and Ventures division.
The UK’s largest pay-TV firm announced plans to enter the mobile sector after rival BT confirmed its intent to buy EE, a move which made it the biggest ‘quad play’ provider of broadband, mobile, TV and fixed-line phone services.
In July the regulator published a list of competition concerns which it asked BT to address by agreeing to new governance arrangements for Openreach.
BT has appointed former Ofcom board member Mike McTighe as the first Chairman of Openreach, the division which manages the UK’s largest fixed line phone and broadband network.
Vodafone has been fined £4.6m after telecoms regulator Ofcom ruled it had subjected customers to “serious and sustained breaches of consumer protection rules”.
Known as Long Reach VDSL, the technology was installed into the community’s existing fibre broadband cabinet and Openreach says users are already seeing “significant increases” in their speeds.