"This joining of forces is undoubtedly big news - but the most important thing is that customers will benefit rather than lose out." Ernest Doku, USwitch
“I welcome this merger and the likely positive impacts it will have for UK consumers.” Dan Howdle, Cable.co.uk
“A combination of O2 and Virgin Media is a natural fit.... a mobile network for Virgin and a fixed-line (broadband) arm for O2.” Kester Mann, CCS Insight
A National Connectivity Champion
over 5 years
Combining O2’s number one mobile business with Virgin Media’s superfast broadband network and entertainment services will be a gamechanger in the UK, at a time when demand for connectivity has never been greater or more critical.
We are creating a strong competitor with significant scale and financial strength to invest in UK digital infrastructure and give millions of consumer, business and public sector customers more choice and value. This is a proud and exciting moment for our organisations, as we create a leading integrated communications provider in the UK.José María Álvarez-Pallete LópezChief Executive and Chairman of Telefónica
We couldn’t be more excited about this combination. Virgin Media has redefined broadband and entertainment in the UK with lightning fast speeds and the most innovative video platform. And O2 is widely recognized as the most reliable and admired mobile operator in the UK, always putting the customer first.
With Virgin Media and O2 together, the future of convergence is here today. We’ve seen the benefit of FMC first-hand in Belgium and the Netherlands. When the power of 5G meets 1 gig broadband, UK consumers and businesses will never look back. We’re committed to this market and are right behind the Government’s digital and connectivity goals.Mike FriesCEO of Liberty Global
The deal will result in the creation of a national connectivity champion at a time when our country needs it most. The combination of our two brands, O2 and Virgin Media, will bring together 5G technology with gigabit broadband creating exciting new integrated services for citizens of the UK.
By joining forces, we will mutually benefit the customers of both companies, as well as drive better value, quality and investment in one of the most digitally developed countries in the world. The UK economy and its customers deserve the best connectivity and this agreement will deliver just that.Mark EvansCEO of O2 in the UK
The combination of two of the UK’s most recognizable brands in Virgin Media and O2 is going to create a national connectivity champion that will be a true competitive powerhouse.
Together, with our fast growing gigabit broadband and 5G mobile networks, alongside a top TV service, we’ll keep investing to provide high quality next-generation connections to consumers, businesses and public services across the UK. Customer-first values will remain at the heart of our businesses, ensuring we establish a real converged challenger.
For Virgin Media, this blending of in and out-of-home connectivity is something that we’ve been building momentum on for some time, so today is the beginning of something very special for our people, our customers and the whole country.Lutz SchülerCEO of Virgin Media
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