BT could look to complete a full merger of its consumer arm with mobile network operator EE within four years, the Financial Times claims. With such a move potentially creating an integrated mobile, broadband and pay-TV provider, the report cites BT chief executive Marc Allera as saying of the possible tie-up: ‘There are no plans at the moment but nothing is forever, but what really excites me is the future opportunity as a group from bringing BT and EE together … It would create a GBP10 billion (USD13 billion) line of business. It is there in the back of our minds. Over the long term there are opportunities to make consumer routes to market simpler.’
Having acquired EE last year in a deal valued at GBP12.5 billion, BT has kept the cellco separate from its established consumer unit to date, and the two businesses are currently competing in several markets, including wireless voice, fixed broadband and pay-TV.