techno.rentetan.com – Virgin Media and O2, now under the combined name Virgin Media O2, have merged into one company.
But what does this new union mean, apart from the name?? How does it affect current customers? And what are Virgin Media O2 services going to offer?
We’re explaining everything below.
What happened? What happened?
The Virgin Media and O2 have now joined forces in a 50 to 50 agreement to become one communications giant announced in May 2020 and ratified by the UK Competition and Markets authority a year later.
This new company has been formed to provide a complete range of mobile, TV and full-fiber broadband services, and is a co-operation between Virgin Media owner Liberty Global and O2 owner Telefónica. This allows the company to deal directly with BT/EE.
Virgin Media offered already mobile, but as an MVNO, which meant that they used a mobile network service other than that used to connect their customers. It uses the network of Vodafone – it used EE’s originally. This will probably change again, however.
The agreement is likely to widen the connectivity options for the new company, including gigabit fiver broadband and 5G. The new company has been assumed the same post by Virgin Media’s CEO Lutz Schüler.
“Today, Virgin Media O2 is the most comprehensive package with the fastest broadband and most reliable mobile network in the UK.”
“We are ready to shake up the market and compete when decisions are never more important for the country. With investment and innovation, we connect more people with their love, support communities across the country, help businesses to grow and drive the United Kingdom economy.
“We are here to upgrade the UK without limiting our ambition – and today’s Mission begins.”
What does this mean for current clients of O2 and Virgin Media?
It is unlikely that you will see much change initially if you are an existing O2 or virgin media client (mobile, TV or broadband).
However, broader tarifs and plans could be provided for you in the coming months, which would include other services such as a one-stop cable television, broadband and 5G package.
“Although existing services are not changed today, plans for seamless broadband, entertainment and mobile services are well under way later this year under one roof, all in one place” stated the company in a statement.
New additional services under the Virgin Media O2 Business Banner will also probably be available to Virgin Media Business customers.
Furthermore, as mentioned above, customers of Virgin Mobile may be switched from a Vodafone system to an O2 network connectivity. We still don’t know when it could happen, because Virgin Media signed a Vodafone deal which was scheduled for 2026. It could continue until the contract expires.
The Virgin Mobile customers could also be given the opportunity to turn their contracts into O2 equivalents.
This may lead to changes in network coverage – in particular, 5G in places where different networks currently have different strengths and weaknesses.
In 2013, Sky has purchased O2’s non-mobile home broadband business, so that the new company will be able to offer O2 customers directly to broadband fixed line.
If we know more about new services and modifications, we will update.