Feeds

BT climbs into bed with T-Mobile

Virgin Mobile rocks

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

BT is to set up as a full-blown mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on the back of a deal with T-Mobile. The company will go toe-to-toe with the likes of Vodafone and its former subsidiary, mmO2 from next month, The Business, a UK Sunday newspaper, reports.

Last year, BT re-entered the mobile business, buying airtime from its former mobile division, mmO2, to provide services for its corporate customers under the BT brand. So it is unclear if T-Mobile is a complement or a replacement.

But it is easy to see why T-Mobile may have plenty of excess network capacity to flog to BT. In Q1, 2003 net connection figures, helpfully supplied by Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile's net connections were -487,00. Virgin Mobile net connections were up by 253,000; 02 by 98,000, Vodafone 76,000 and Orange, 1,000.

Virgin Mobile is the UK's biggest MVNO by far. It too piggybacks on T-Mobile capacity, but the relationship between the two has been fraught at times, with a contractual dispute spilling into the courts.

Virgin Mobile today released customer data for Q2, 2003.

It added 231,554 net connections during the quarter, taking customer totals to 2,868,666. This is 35 per cent up year-on-year. Turnover for the quarter was £102.2m. For the half year, Virgin Mobile claims an EBITDA of £42m and an operating profit of £37m.

Virgin Mobile customers are mostly low-rent pre-paid, but not that low rent. The company estimates an annual ARPU of £135 per customer, higher than any pre-paids on any other network, it claims. During the quarter, the company introduced a 3p tariff on text, an enormously popular move with customers new and old, it says. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.