Virgin Mobile partners with Vodafone UK to deliver its 5G

Virgin Media Vodafone CEOs

Virgin Media Vodafone CEOs

Vodafone will supply wholesale mobile network services, including voice and data, to Virgin Mobile and Virgin Media Business. It was then brought under the Virgin Media umbrella following the 2007 merger of NTL and Telewest and now has three million subscribers.

"We will continue to provide a full spectrum of mobile services to Virgin Media and support Virgin Mobile customers under our existing MVNO agreement, until they transition", it said. All customers are expected to be migrated by the end of this year. This means that the transition from BT Enterprise to Vodafone UK will be seamless for customers, who won't even need to swap out their SIM card.

Britain's Virgin Media is ditching BT's mobile network for rival Vodafone from late 2021 in a five-year deal that will allow it to launch new services such as 5G to its more than 3 million customers.

The analyst believes that Vodafone is likely to have won the Virgin contract largely on price, offering much better terms than BT. There are now three million Virgin Media mobile customers, and a portion of them will have even chosen Virgin as they know it uses the EE network - with its coverage and performance in mind - accompanied by very some competitively priced packages.

Indeed, Virgin Media 5G will be powered by Vodafone even before the present deal with BT expires.

Lutz Schuler, Virgin Media CEO, said the partnership would deliver a host of benefits to customers, including 5G services in the near future, and bring mobile and broadband connectivity closer together in one package for one price. "As a result, they have chosen us to work with them in the next phase of their development". "We are combining our strong heritage in innovation to create a world without limits for our customers through unlimited data offers and 5G".

The expansion of Vodafone and Virgin Media's relationship will increase speculation of a more formal association in the future.

Vodafone has worked closely with Virgin Media's parent Liberty Global, it is it's joint venture partner in the Netherlands, and acquired its German business.

Virgin Media is owned by USA telecoms giant Liberty Global, which is also rumoured to be in talks with Sky to invest in a full-fibre network. For Vodafone this is a great coup as it continues to turnaround its fortunes in the highly competitive United Kingdom market.

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