Virgin Media TV boss: ‘The move away from linear is definitely happening’

The chief TV and entertainment officer at Virgin Media O2 has said that the UK is on a slide towards non-linear TV consumption. Speaking at a panel during ANGA COM, David Bouchier said that the operator has experienced a significant shift of consumption habits that was accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. “In the first three […]

O2-Virgin Media merger given formal approval, expected to close June 1

The UK’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has formally approved the proposed merger of Telefónica’s O2 and Liberty Global’s Virgin Media. The merger, which was first announced in May 2020, promises to create a major UK competitor to BT which can compete across both mobile and fixed-line telecommunications. The deal values O2 at £12.7 billion […]

UK watchdog clears O2-Virgin Media merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets authority (CMA) has given the proposed merger of Telefónica’s O2 and Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media a provisional green light. The watchdog said that the £31 billion merger first announced in May 2020 “is unlikely to lead to any substantial lessening of competition in relation to the supply of wholesale services.” […]

Liberty Global and Telefónica name UK JV management

Liberty Global and Telefónica have named current Virgin Media CEO Lutz Schüler as CEO of their planned UK 50:50 joint venture, with O2 chief financial officer Patricia Cobian to be CFO of the combined operation. Schüler joined Virgin Media in 2018 as chief operating officer and has been CEO at Virgin Media since June 2019. […]

Virgin Media/O2 merger on course for mid-2021, says Fries

The merger of Virgin Media and O2 is on course, Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has said. Writing to investors in the company’s year-end earnings, the chief exec said that “we are making very positive progress with the UK regulator on the joint venture between Virgin Media and Telefonica’s O2, and continue to anticipate a […]

O2 handed £10.5 million fine for decade of overcharging customers

Telefónica’s UK mobile operator O2 has been handed a fine of £10.5 million for almost a decade of billing errors which resulted in the overcharging of 140,000 customers. Ofcom opened an investigation into potential issues with the way O2 was billing departing customers in 2019. The regulator said that the fine was reduced from £15 […]

UK watchdog outlines concerns about Virgin Media/O2 merger

The UK Competition and Markets Authority has outlined its concerns about the proposed merger of Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Telefónica-owned mobile player O2, with a focus on the potential impact of the pair’s combination on mobile wholesale markets. The watchdog is focusing on the possible impact of the merger on the supply of wholesale […]

DTG secures government funding for 5G stadium broadcast initiative

The UK’s Digital TV Group (DTG) has secured government funding to develop a 5G-based platform to broadcast events in stadiums and other venues.  The funding was secured in partnership with Digital Catapult, Global Wireless Solutions, O2, and Rohde & Schwarz. The project has an overall funding of £2.3 million, with £1.3 million coming from the […]

CMA launches probe of Virgin Media-O2 merger

UK competition regulator the CMA has referred the proposed merger of Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile with Telefónica’s O2 for an in-depth Phase 2 probe following Virgin and O2’s request that the watchdog move quickly to this stage through a ‘fast-track’ process. The CMA’s move comes after it lobbied the EU to refer […]

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