Thursday, 12 November 2009

BT CEO hints at mobile return

BT CEO Ian Livingston on Thursday once again suggested that the telco is eyeing a possible return to the U.K. mobile market.

When fielding the obligatory 'what is your mobile strategy?' question during BT's fiscal second quarter results, his answer was far more open to interpretation than the usually evasive, 'it's something we look at' type of response.

"What is a mobile service? It's a chunk of spectrum that connects to a base station which connects back to a fixed network," he said.

When asked if BT would participate in any upcoming U.K. spectrum auctions, he said:

"We will be looking ahead to the upcoming spectrum auctions... We will also look at the MVNO option. We're in the wholesale business but we don't mind being wholesaled to."

This is a far cry from the first quarter, when in response to a similar question, Livingston replied:

"I don't feel that our business is compromised by not being able to offer mobility solutions."

Livingston also sparked rumours at the beginning of 2009 when the Observer reported that BT had held informal talks with T-Mobile and 3 UK over a possible return to the mobile sector as part of a three-way joint venture.

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