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BT has moved a step closer to the launch of 4G services by agreeing to take mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services from EE.

Earlier in 2013, it was announced that BT was seeking a new mobile partnership, having secured mobile spectrum in the Ofcom auction conducted in the spring.

And subject to a final contractual agreement, EE will become the firm's MVNO partner to provide services to BT customers and employees.

BT currently offers a range of mobile services to businesses and public organisations, plus a network of Wi-Fi hotspots which can be used by broadband customers.

The firm is planning to build on its existing portfolio through the new EE deal, and could potentially launch BT-branded 4G mobile broadband services.

BT announced in the spring that it was seeking "a fresh partnership" with a mobile operator.

The company said it "makes sense" to explore the opportunities that 4G presents.

"We have a strong position in the Wi-Fi market and we are looking to build on that," BT added.

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