Sky said its multi-year deal gave it wholesale access to 2G, 3G and 4G services over O2’s nationwide network.
The company said it had established itself as the UK’s most popular triple-play provider, with almost 40% of its customer base now taking all three of TV, telephony and broadband.
Its On Demand mobile TV service, Sky Go, currently has 5.7 million registered users and Sky will have seen Telefonica’sÃ‚Â pledge of 98% 4G coverage by 2017 as attractive.
Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch said:
“As the UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading brand for home entertainment and communications, Sky has a proven ability to launch new services, at scale.
“We know our 11.5 million customers trust Sky to offer them the best quality and choice and have an appetite to take more from us.
“Through our partnership with Telefonica UK, we can build on our expertise in content, innovation and service to launch a range of exciting new services and exploit the opportunities for growth in the fast-changing mobile sector.”
Ronan Dunne, his counterpart at Telefonica, said:
“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. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking forward to working with Sky.”
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