BT Wholesale signs Orange fixed line deal

26 Sep 2007

The wholesale division of BT Group will provide landline services for Orange UK customers, as part of Orange’s push to offer mobile, fixed line, broadband and TV services. The agreement will allow Orange to offer a fixed line telephony service under its own brand but managed and maintained by BT Wholesale. Orange customers will need to subscribe to its Home Max broadband package.

Under the terms of the agreement, BT Wholesale will manage line rental, calls and end-to-end customer management, including the setup and management of Orange’s customer call centres. The two companies said the deal would allow Orange to enter the market for fixed line and bundled services faster and at a lower cost. ‘It is our goal to provide mobile, broadband, fixed line and TV to every house in Britain,’ Asif Aziz, director of home products at Orange, said in a statement, adding that ‘This is an important step in making that a reality by providing our customers with all of their communication needs from one supplier.’