Will it be O2 or EE for BT?

By Jay Jay

While we recently reported that BT was in talks with EE and O2 to enter UK’s mobile network space in a move to transition to the ‘Quad Play’ where consumers are able to access home phone, home broadband, Pay TV and cellular network from a single provider, we can now reveal that the decision will be made as early as this week.

The Telegraph reports that the impending deal has had the representatives of France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom (owners of EE) touchdown in the UK amidst reports that O2 may be a favoured option. A deal with EE at £12 billion will be costlier than with O2 at £9.4 billion, even though EE will boast a larger customer base.

EE is also armed with the latest reports from Ofcom and RootMetrics that rate it as the number one in UK mobile networks in terms of data speeds, messaging and call performance. EE’s French and German owners are reported to have different views in terms of the company’s future, an issue that may weigh over the negotiations.

However, it will be interesting to see whether BT would finally settle for optimum performance or cost.

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