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Sky announces plans to go quad play with mobile products

Sky is to join the ranks of UK mobile providers by virtue of a partnership deal with Telefónica UK (O2).

"We're pleased to welcome Sky to our roster of innovative, successful partnerships, through which we help partners grow their offer to customers. Sky understands the importance of a strong network and excellent customer experience and has made us a trusted partner to help deliver brilliant services. This will widen consumer choice still further and demonstrates the lively competitiveness of the UK market. We're looking forward to working with Sky."

Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive of Telefónica UK

This deal means that Sky will join EE, TalkTalk and Virgin Media who are all quad play now and if the BT and EE deal goes well then BT will be too. This deal follows hot on the heels of Three moving to pay £10 billion to buy O2 UK.

No news on specific products, those will come in good time, but given the aggressive free SIM and half price deals that TalkTalk customers enjoy we would expect a lot of competition. There has been worries that the mergers and buy-outs in the mobile market might lead to price rises, but it is possible that the retail level competition and bundling may drive prices down, though this might be at the expense of those who take services from a mixture of providers. In short, bundling of data, video and voice services is here to stay.

Comments

It will lead to less choice. give it a few more years, and we will have sky, Vodafone, BT, Talk Talk and maybe Plusnet and that will be it.
I know 3 is grabbing hold of 02, so less choice again in the mobile market, but I can not see them bothering with home broadband.

  • zyborg47
  • over 2 years ago

Is the question going to be whether Sky's subscription fees for satellite TV are worth it? It's like buying your groceries on the basis of buy x get x free. It works as a marketing ploy, but not for everybody; perhaps even not for most. As Tesco didn't learn.

  • mervl
  • over 2 years ago

They can stick their mutiplay where the sun don't shine for me, and i never do all my shopping in the same store

  • tommy45
  • over 2 years ago

Well simplicity for those too lazy to look at what's best for them... If someone could pay one person to run everything ... They would.

  • generallee94
  • over 2 years ago

After 3 murdered AYCE tethering, they are all the same now...

  • otester
  • over 2 years ago

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