3/15/2011 10:01:00 AM
Vodafone and BT Mobile MVNO renew contract for five years
BT has signed a five-year deal with Vodafone to continue running its BT Mobile MVNO on the operator’s network. According to the Times (15 March 2011) BT Mobile has signed up fewer than 100,000 users.
The move indicates that BT is serious about getting back into the mobile phone market. The telecom giant hived off its O2 mobile arm 10 years ago. It came back into the mobile market in 2004 when it signed an MVNO deal with Vodafone.
BT Mobile is also reported to be reselling Vodafone’s Sure Signal femtocell product, which boosts in-building signal reception, to small and medium-sized firms.
A Vodafone spokesperson said: ‘Vodafone can confirm that it has renewed its deal with BT, building on our quality long-term partnership. It means BT will be able to continue to enjoy the UK's best mobile network. This is just the latest success for Vodafone UK's rapidly expanding wholesale business, which also provides network support to Amazon's Kindle ebook and MVNO services to companies including Asda and Lebara.’