Nick Hill

Sky to test 5G as part of extension to Telefónica UK mobile agreement

Sky has agreed to a new long-term deal which will see Telefónica UK continue to provide the network for Sky’s MVNO, Sky Mobile.

As well as having access to 98% indoor and outdoor population coverage on 4G, the agreement will also see Sky and Telefónica collaborate on the testing and launch of 5G, including a 5G test bed.

Sky customers will also get access to 5G as soon as it is launched by Telefónica.

Established in January 2017, Sky Mobile recently launched a range of data bundles for tablets.

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK and ROI of Sky, said: “This long-term deal furthers our strategic partnership with Telefónica UK, accelerates the growth of Sky Mobile and ensures our customers continue to enjoy great service including 5G connectivity.

“Customers love Sky Mobile and the ease with which they can roll over their data and swap to the latest handset - that’s why over half a million customers have switched to Sky Mobile since we launched last year.”

Mark Evans, CEO of Telefónica UK, added: “Our award winning network and unwavering focus on the customer has helped us build a roster of successful partnerships.

“The extension of this agreement with Sky further optimises usage of our assets allowing us to continue to invest while helping Sky grow their mobile customer offer. We look forward to continuing this partnership and driving the mutual benefits it creates.”

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