Sky has today announced that it is planning to launch its own mobile phone service next year, working to compete with its rivals like Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk.

With the launch Sky will be adding both mobile voice and data services to its packages, including access to its 2G, 3G and 4G network for which it has worked out a deal with Telefonica, which is similar to Virgin Media’s deal with EE, and Tesco’s deal with Telefonica for their own mobile service.

“Through our partnership with Telefónica UK, we can build on our expertise in content, innovation and service to launch a range of exciting new services and exploit the opportunities for growth in the fast-changing mobile sector,” said Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive at Sky.

This will allow Sky to offer complete packages that include all of their services under one brand and one monthly price.

As of yet we don’t know how this will work out if Telefonica sell off O2, as it has been reported that the company is in talks to sell its UK O2 business to a number of other businesses, including Hutchinson Whampoa (the owner of Three) who was reported to have bid £10 billion for the network.

We will however update you if anything else surfaces.

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