Sky and Telefónica UK have agreed on a long-term deal which will see Telefónica UK continue to provide the network for Sky’s MVNO, Sky Mobile.
Sky said in a statement that the deal builds on the existing partnership and underpins the future growth of Sky Mobile in the UK while securing Telefónica UK’s status as the trusted provider for many notable MVNO, public and private sector organisations.
As well as having access to 98 per cent indoor and outdoor population coverage on 4G, the agreement will see Sky and Telefónica cooperate on the testing and launch of 5G, including a 5G test bed. Sky customers will also get access to 5G as soon as it is launched by Telefónica.
Securing long-term access to Telefónica UK’s network underlines Sky’s commitment to Sky Mobile and is the first step in Sky’s fixed and wireless convergence strategy, enabling Sky to keep customers connected to more of what they love wherever they are.
Launched in January 2017, Sky Mobile recently launched a range of data bundles for tablets.
Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK and ROI, Sky, said: “This long-term deal furthers our strategic partnership with Telefónica UK, accelerates the growth of Sky Mobile and ensures our customers continue to enjoy great service including 5G connectivity. Customers love Sky Mobile and the ease with which they can roll over their data and swap to the latest handset – that’s why over half a million customers have switched to Sky Mobile since we launched last year.”
Mark Evans, CEO, Telefónica UK, said: “Our award winning network and unwavering focus on the customer has helped us build a roster of successful partnerships. The extension of this agreement with Sky further optimises usage of our assets allowing us to continue to invest while helping Sky grow their mobile customer offer. We look forward to continuing this partnership and driving the mutual benefits it creates.”