(PRESS RELEASE) HOOK, UK, 6-Nov-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Virgin Media signs new Mobile Virtual Network Operator agreement with Vodafone UK. The five year deal will bring innovative new services, including 5G, to more than three million mobile customers and provide further flexibility to grow its mobile operation.
Vodafone will supply wholesale mobile network services, including both voice and data, to Virgin Mobile and Virgin Media Business within the new MVNO agreement, which runs until 2026. Full access to all of Vodafone’s current services and future technologies, such as Vodafone’s expanding 5G network will enable new product advancements and benefits for Virgin Media’s customers.
Virgin Media’s mobile offering will transition to Vodafone following the end of its current MVNO agreement with BT Enterprise in late 2021. Virgin Mobile will launch 5G services on the Vodafone network before the transition takes place.
“This agreement with Vodafone will bring a host of fantastic benefits and experiences to our customers, including 5G services in the near future. Twenty years ago Virgin Mobile became the world’s first virtual operator and this new agreement builds on that heritage. It will open up a whole new world of opportunity for Virgin Media as we focus on becoming the most recommended brand for customers and bring our mobile and broadband connectivity closer together in one package for one price.
“We’ve worked with BT to provide mobile services for many years and will continue to work together in a number of areas. We want our customers to have a limitless experience – it’s now the right time to take a leap forward with Vodafone to grow further and faster, ” commented Lutz Schüler, Virgin Media CEO.
“We are delighted that Virgin has recognised the huge investments we’ve made, and continue to make, in building the UK’s best mobile network and our role in challenging the market with new commercial services. As a result, they have chosen us to work with them in the next phase of their development.
“This is an exciting deal between two great British brands. We are combining our strong heritage in innovation to create a world without limits for our customers through unlimited data offers and 5G,” said Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK CEO.
Virgin Mobile has control over the products and services it offers, meaning existing customers will not need to change their SIM cards as part of this ‘full MVNO’ agreement. Further details on product offerings and network transition will be provided in due course.
Both parties also agreed on a complementary and extensive wholesale agreement in relation to the supply of network services by Virgin Media Business to Vodafone.
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SOURCE: Virgin Media