4G-Infused BT Wants Back Into the Mobile Phone Market

By Sam Gibbs on at

Buoyed by its purchase of a decent £200 million chunk of 4G spectrum, BT's looking to get back in the mobile game, despite previously saying it had no intention of going mobile again. It's looking for a partner to leverage BT Mobile. It's like BT Cellnet all over again.

For those old enough to remember, O2 used to actually be part of BT when it was BT Cellnet. Now BT is apparently courting O2 again to join up and create a brand new BT Mobile network. Considering O2 failed to snag any of the 2.6GHz spectrum that BT bought, could make perfect sense. The tender is out to every network, of course, so it's not a done-deal yet.

Talking to the FT BT said, "we won some excellent 4G spectrum just recently so it makes sense for us to explore the new opportunities that 4G presents." Looks like 4G in the UK is going to get very interesting very soon. If BT bundles in 4G service with its fibre, it could be a pretty tempting, superfast broadband-anywhere offer. [FT]