O2 and Virgin Media confirm £31 billion merger

Telefonica and Liberty Global have confirmed the merger of their UK operations. The 50-50 merger will see O2 and Virgin Media come together under one roof to create what the companies say will be “a stronger fixed and mobile competitor in the UK market.” The transaction, expected to close in the middle of 2021, is […]

Liberty Global and Telefonica in talks over Virgin Media-O2 merger

Telefonica and Liberty Global are in talks to merge UK operators O2 and Virgin Media. According to sources cited by Reuters, Liberty Global is looking to reinforce its position in the UK by creating a major competitor to leading pay TV operators BT and Sky. A deal is scheduled to be officially unveiled by Liberty […]

“Vodafone doesn’t have real 5G” snipes O2 CEO

Mark Evans, CEO of Telefonica-owned O2, has taken a jab at Vodafone, claiming that the company doesn’t offer “real 5G”. The UK’s 5G market is becoming increasingly crowded and competitive, with each player looking for an edge over the pack. This has led to some fighting talk, with major execs openly criticising their competition.  Speaking […]

Vodafone and O2 agree 5G partnership in the UK

UK mobile operators Vodafone and O2 have agreed to extend their network sharing partnership to include 5G, in a bid to deploy 5G services faster, cheaper and to more customers. Vodafone and O2’s parent company, Telefonica, have agreed non-binding terms that will see the two firms provide 5G coverage from joint radio network sites. At […]

Ofcom sells 4G and 5G spectrum in £1.36bn auction

Ofcom has sold two bands of 4G and 5G spectrum to the owners of the UK’s main mobile operators – EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone – in an auction that has raised £1.356 billion (€1.55 billion). The two auctioned bands were: 2.3 GHz, which is usable by current mobile phones and will help improve existing […]

O2 launches mixed reality rugby experience

Telefónica-owned UK mobile operator O2 has unveiled a raft of new virtual reality experiences, including one built around the English rugby football team and one enabling music fans to explore the O2 Academy.  A third experience showcasing events at The O2 will be coming soon. In what it describes as a “world first”, the mobile […]

Sky Deutschland teams up with Telefónica for Sky Ticket

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has teamed up with Telefónica to make its Sky Ticket OTT TV offering available over the latter’s network in Germany. The deal means that Telefónica’s O2 Free customers will be able to sign up for Sky Ticket from January 17, in time for the second round of the current Bundesliga […]

Telefónica O2 Deutschland launches TV app

Telefónica O2 Deutschland is to launch a mobile TV service in partnership with TV Spielfilm. The new TV app will give users access to a free package of over 50 channels, while a premium version will give access to over 70 channels for €9.99 a month, including 30 in HD. The operator highlighted that, in […]

Ofcom: EE best UK mobile operator for video streaming

EE is the leading UK mobile operator for watching YouTube content, according to new research by Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s Smartphone Cities report said that a test clip successfully streamed in high definition in 97% of attempts on EE’s 4G network, compared with 87% on Three, 86% on Vodafone and 85% on O2. The […]