Virgin Media strikes mobile deal with Vodafone

Virgin Media customers will be able to use 5G and other innovative new services, thanks to a deal with Vodafone UK.

The agreement, which will last until 2026, will see Vodafone supply wholesale mobile network services to Virgin Mobile and Virgin Media Business. This means that customers will gain access to all of Vodafone’s current services and future technologies – such as its expanding 5G network, which will enable users to access the fastest connections.

Virgin Media’s current deal with BT Enterprise has been in place since January 2017 and will come to an end in late 2021. Virgin Media’s mobile offering will then transition to Vodafone. However, Virgin Mobile 5G services are set to launch on the Vodafone network before the transition takes place.

Lutz Schüler, Virgin Media CEO, said: “This agreement with Vodafone will bring a host of fantastic benefits and experiences to our customers, including 5G services in the near future. 20 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.”

He added: “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.”

Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK CEO, added: “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.”

Virgin Mobile is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, which means it has control over the products and services it offers. Existing customers won’t need to change their SIM cards as a result of this agreement. More information on product offerings and network transition will be available nearer the time.

Virgin Media has also recently launched gigabit speed broadband, the fastest in the UK.

Visit Virgin Media to find out more.

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