O2 and BT team up for business

Mobile network provider O2 said yesterday that it is teaming up with BT to launch its first fixed-line offering to businesses.<br /><br />Telefonica-owned O2 said its has partnered with BT Wholesale to create Joined Up, a new product which will provide business customers with mobile and fixed-line services, along with data, broadband communications, equipment and professional consultancy.<br /><br />Ben Dowd, business sales director for O2 in the UK, said that the firm had already won some large corporate accounts, and said that it aims to be the &ldquo;number one communications integrator&rdquo; by 2012.<br /><br />&ldquo;We wouldn&rsquo;t be entering this space if we didn&rsquo;t feel there was a significant opportunity for us, which we absolutely do. With the combined strength of O2 and Telefonica it&rsquo;s a big opportunity,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />Details of the package are still to be announced, but will include benefits such as free outbound fixed-line calls to O2 mobile and vice-versa.<br /><br />O2 already has nearly 500,000 fixed land-line broadband customers, although its existing packages are predominantly more designed for consumer, rather than business, requirements.