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BT Mobile Murmurs

NOON -- Is BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) about to end its eight-year exile from the (real) mobile services sector?

We ask only because weekend reports from U.K. Sunday newspaper The Observer suggest BT is in talks with mobile operators T-Mobile (UK) and Three UK about the formation of a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Check out the Observer's full story.

BT has been looking for a way to make money from mobile services ever since it spun off its former Cellnet GSM operation in 2001, but its efforts, particularly the BT Fusion fixed/mobile convergence service, have failed to deliver, and it's still waiting to get its hands on some WiMax spectrum. (See BT Suffers as Ofcom Delays 2.6GHz Auctions, BT's Flat Fusion , and Gateway Key to BT's Fusion Flop.)

The speculation about BT's mobile plans comes as the carrier is plagued with issues in its Global Services division. (See BT's Numbers Hit by Rogue Unit.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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