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BT to roll out 4G for businesses 'within weeks'

Consumer launch to follow in next 12 months
Tue May 20 2014, 11:14
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BRITISH TELECOM (BT) has announced that it will roll out 4G services for businesses "within weeks", with a consumer launch to follow within the next 12 months.

At the beginning of 2013, BT snapped up quite a bit of spectrum in the UK's 4G auction, coughing up £186m for three blocks in the 2.6GHz band. The firm finally revealed this week that it will soon roll out 4G services, saying it will bring next generation connectivity to businesses within weeks.

In a statement sent to The INQUIRER, a BT spokesperson confirmed, "We will launch innovative new mobility services for business in the coming weeks and the first consumer services by April next year."

Interested parties can register their interest over on BT's website, where the firm also offered details about the imminent launch.

BT said its 4G connectivity will cover 70 percent of the UK, and lured customers with the promise that signing up to its 4G service will come with free access to its WiFi hotspots, of which there are over five million.

BT also claimed that, by upgrading to 4G, businesses will save 37 million work hours per year by 2015.

There's no word on pricing yet, but BT said that users will "only pay for what they need", adding that there will be a "huge range of data, minutes and text bundles available to add to your plan".

Following the launch of its 4G for business services, BT will launch consumer LTE services within the next 12 months. No further details have been revealed yet, but the firm said, "The first consumer services will use our MVNO deal with EE." µ

 

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