Utility Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has signed a strategic deal with BT to become the provider of integrated voice and broadband services to SSE for resale to its UK customers.
Under the terms of the three-year agreement, BT Wholesale will support SSE's expansion plans to become a national provider of integrated communications services to its 8.5 million customers in the UK.
The service is expected to launch this summer. The agreement also includes second-line customer support and the development of a customised online portal that will enable SSE's customers to access the service.
SSE is an existing BT Wholesale customer, offering telephony services to about 150,000 customers across the UK.
Today's agreement builds on that relationship and will enables SSE to rapidly bring high-speed broadband and voice services to its home energy customers, under BT Wholesale's white-label managed services portfolio.
Itret Latif, telecoms business manager at SSE, said, "Scottish & Southern Energy wanted a partner that could support us with the best suite of integrated communications services quickly, nationally and with minimal capital and operational risk to our business.
"We are enhancing our offer in today's fiercely competitive market by building on our relationship with BT. This will help us become a trusted converged services supplier for our customers across the UK."