Sky to become a MVNO through O2 Mobile in 2016
Sky have announced that they have signed a deal with O2 to become a MVNO scheduling for launch next year.
O2 will be providing Sky with wholesale access to 2G, 3G and 4G facilities over their nationwide network. The addition of mobile services is another string to Sky's bow and will alter their status to 'quad-player' - a company who can bundle TV, home broadband, home phone and now mobile.
With this new service Sky now rival the two other quad-players based in the UK; Virgin Media and TalkTalk. Sky have already announced that they have established themselves as the UK's most popular triple-play provider with almost 40% of their customer base adopting bundles of TV, telephony and broadband - the addition of mobile can only be a good thing for Sky.
As for O2, this deal sees O2 expand their list of network partners, they currently provide airtime to giffgaff and tesco Mobile.
Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch has said, "As the UK’s leading brand for home entertainment and communications, Sky has a proven ability to launch new services, at scale."
This news follows on from the announcement that Three Mobile UK owner Hutchison Whampoa have acquired O2 from Telefonica for £10.25 billion.