Their prior network operator was Vodafone, one of the top telecom companies in Europe. This change of partners is probably due to EE’s strong UK presence. EE sports one of the largest LTE networks in the UK. It is currently unclear if EE will offer LTE service to BT customers. Nonetheless, BT has a very strong WiFi presence that allows customers to enjoy fast data speeds.
EE’s 4G coverage currently reaches at least 60% of the population in the United Kingdom. They plan to expand to cover 98% of the UK by the end of next year. This is exciting news for BT customers, as they will have service everywhere EE provides.
[toggle title=”Press Release” state=”close” ]10/10/2013 BT and EE have signed an agreement to proceed, on an exclusive basis, to a contract for EE to provide mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services to BT’s customers and employees. The multi-year agreement, subject to final contract, further strengthens the existing relationship in telecommunications between BT and EE. BT, which has around 88,000 employees worldwide, decided to seek a new mobile partnership earlier this year. The company currently provides a range of mobile services, primarily to large corporates, the public sector and small and medium-sized enterprises. For consumers, it has a strong wi-fi presence that it plans to build on. BT will carefully manage the change from the current MVNO to EE to ensure a seamless transition for customers. -Ends- Enquiries about this news release should be made to the BT Group Newsroom on its 24-hour number: 020 7356 5369. From outside the UK dial + 44 20 7356 5369. All news releases can be accessed at our web site: http://www.btplc.com/News About BT BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach. For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,103mwith reported profit before taxation of £2,315m. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.btplc.com About EE EE is the largest and most advanced digital communications company in Britain, delivering mobile and fixed communications services to consumers, businesses, government and the wholesale market. With more than 15,000 employees and 600 retail stores, EE serves more than 27 million customers on EE, Orange and T-Mobile mobile and broadband plans. EE runs the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network, having introduced the UK’s first and only superfast 4G mobile service in 2012. EE’s 4G coverage currently reaches more than 60% of the population, with plans to cover 98% by the end of 2014. 2G and 3G coverage currently reaches more than 99% of the population. EE’s superfast fibre broadband service covers 54% of the UK population, and ADSL broadband service covers 98.7% of the population. EE has received extensive independent recognition including being ranked the UK’s best overall network by RootMetrics®, and Best Network for Business at the 2013 Mobile Industry awards. [/toggle]