British telecoms giant BT has agreed to buy the UK’s largest mobile carrier, EE, in a deal worth $19 billion (£12.5 billion). The deal means BT now has access to EE’s 31 million customers, and the largest 4G customer base of any operator in Europe.
The telecoms giant sold its shares in O2 in 2002, but BT has now come back to the mobile market in a big way. As a result of today’s deal, it wields the largest 4G network in the country to go alongside its broadband, landline, and TV services.
With Three also buying O2, I worry that soon UK consumers won’t have a choice in who their mobile provider is. Let us just hope that Three don’t increase their unrivalled prices, and BT can improve EE’s shambolic customer service and price structure.
Maybe we’ll get an equivalent to T-Mobile US’ ‘Un-carrier’ program.