British fixed line incumbent BT has reportedly started looking for a partner to help support a renewed push into the mobile voice sector, the Financial Times reports. It is understood that the telco has begun a tender seeking an operator to provide mobile services to both its residential and business customers. While the tender is said to have been opened to all of the UK’s mobile network operators, the report cites a person familiar with the situation as claiming that a deal with O2 UK, the mobile unit actually divested by BT back in 2001, could be favoured. While consumer mobile services have not been an area for focus of BT in recent years, it has been suggested that renewed efforts in the sector are being examined as the telco looks to connect its customers to voice and internet service both in and out of the home.
Commenting on the potential development, BT was cited as saying: ‘We can confirm we’re looking for a fresh partnership with a mobile operator. We won some excellent 4G spectrum just recently so it makes sense for us to explore the new opportunities that 4G presents. We have a strong position in the Wi-Fi market and we are looking to build on that.’