Sky has confirmed that existing users of its TV, broadband and landline services will be able to register for its long–awaited mobile service from October 31st.
The company has not revealed any pricing plans or details, but says that it will open out the service to new users in 2017.
Sky will act as a mobile virtual network operator, MVNO, using O2’s signal to power its mobile phone service.
This is along the same lines as TalkTalk and Tesco, both of which are backed up by O2.
Sky is the last of the major TV providers to enter the a so–called quad play market, with bundles that combine mobile with TV, broadband and landline access.
Theoretically, such deals allow companies to offer customers cheaper deals by offering them all–in–one packages.
Sky’s mobile network has been a long time coming. It’s over two years since it signed an initial deal with Vodafone, which was superseded by its partnership with O2 in February 2015.
It’s likely that Sky will be include enticements such as access to its sports and movies channels in order to bring in new customers and take on BT–owned EE in the process.