BT Suffers as Ofcom Delays 2.6GHz Auctions
BT has the dubious distinction of being the only major incumbent telco in the western world that doesn't have a 2G or 3G license. It has had several shots at shoehorning other wireless technologies into competing with cellular. For those with long memories, there was CT2/Telepoint in the early 1990s, followed by dualmode DECT/GSM in 1998. Both crashed and burned.
More recently, BT has floundered on with dualmode "Fusion," combining a cellular MVNO proposition with in-building coverage based first on Bluetooth, now WiFi. BT Open Zone is competitive enough as a WiFI hotspot service, but nothing special compared with the WiFi coverage that many other cellular operators also offer as a complement to their 3G service. The most recent "Digital Cities" effort to deploy wide-area WiFi has failed to capture the imagination of consumers or investors, and is unlikely to take much more than a splinter of the U.K.'s mobile broadband revenue opportunity...
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— Patrick Donegan, Senior Analyst, Wireless, Heavy Reading