BT to bring 4G for business in ‘weeks’, consumers by ‘next year’

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BT on Monday announced that it will roll out its first 4G services for businesses “within weeks,” well ahead of a consumer roll out slated for sometime next year.

The company plans to finally utilise the 4G spectrum it got hold of in an Ofcom auction last year for £190 million to develop its network.

BT said that businesses can pre-register for the services offering “the best possible connectivity whether in the office or on the move,” for more details related to the launch.

“We will launch innovative new mobility services for business in the coming weeks,” said a BT spokesperson, notes CNET. “And the first consumer services by April next year. The first consumer services will use our MVNO deal with EE.”

BT is yet to explain how its new service plans for consumers will operate. However, it’s expected to be an enhancement of the BT WiFi hotspots. The company has also expressed intentions to reenter in the mobile market soon and “shake up” the market with technologies.

The 4G arena is packed with companies such as EE, O2, Three, Tesco Mobile, Vodafone, etc who already offer superfast data speeds, with EE alone bagging 3 million subscribers.

Analyst Shaun Collins of CCS Insight said in a statement, “BT is still trying to work out what to do with what’s going on in its market,” when BT and EE signed a virtual network agreement earlier this year.

“But as it goes through a reinvention focused on using BT Vision TV services to defend its broadband position, 4G must be in its thinking.”

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