O2 & Virgin Media join forces

O2 & Virgin Media Join Forces

Mobile operator O2 and broadband giant Virgin Media are to merge, creating one of the UK's largest entertainment and telecoms firms, in a transaction expected to take place mid-2021.

This potential deal has been agreed in order to create a national connectivity champion, bringing together the UK’s greatest mobile & fixed gigabit infrastructure at a time when the demand for connectivity has never been greater.

Telefonica Chief Executive Officer, Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, said,

“Combining O2’s number one mobile business with Virgin Media’s superfast broadband network and entertainment services will be a game-changer in the U.K., at a time when demand for connectivity has never been greater or more critical. We are creating a strong competitor with significant scale and financial strength to invest in UK digital infrastructure and give millions of consumer, business and public sector customers more choice and value. This is a proud and exciting moment for our organisations, as we create a leading integrated communications provider in the U.K.”

So what does this mean for you?

By combining Virgin Media’s market-leading v6 video service and giga-ready broadband network, together with O2’s best-in-class, 5G ready mobile propositions, U.K. consumers will enjoy the highest-quality customer experience possible, with superior connectivity and entertainment both inside and outside the home. As a fully converged provider, the joint venture will provide more competition in the marketplace and choice for consumers.

In addition, the joint venture will become a leading challenger in the B2B space as the combination will accelerate the adoption of converged fixed-mobile services to Virgin Media’s and O2’s existing business customers and offer new services using both companies’ digital skills, networks and product portfolios, such as cloud, big data, Internet of Things and cybersecurity services. This will ensure sustainable competition in the small, medium and large business segments across the U.K., which will benefit the overall British economy.

Check out the full press release from O2 here

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