TalkTalk has confirmed that it has signed a new deal with O2 owner Telefónica, which will see its MVNO use O2’s network instead of Vodafone’s.
The move means TalkTalk’s 350,000 mobile customers will see their phones roaming on O2’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks. TalkTalk claims that O2’s growing 4G infrastructure, coupled with its own in–home 4G spectrum, will help it offer improved connectivity to customers.
The deal marks the latest in a growing series of power plays by major broadband, TV and phone providers. Offering so–called ‘quad–play’ services, with a SIM card as standard alongside in–home services, is fast becoming standard in the UK.
Virgin Media already bundles mobile packages for users and BT has signed up with EE to offer its own mobile network. Meanwhile, Sky is said to be in late stages of negotiations with TalkTalk’s former partners Vodafone about a similar deal.
In a statement, TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding said, “We see real opportunities in both the near term and further out, to work with Telefónica UK to further accelerate our quad-play growth.”