Virgin Media and BT, Monday announced a new five year Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) agreement. Under the new deal, BT's mobile unit, EE will provide wholesale mobile network services to Virgin Media.
Virgin Media, a subsidiary of Liberty Global, the world's largest international TV and broadband company, has been using EE's mobile network for the past 17 years but there. The full MVNO agreement, which covers voice and data services, replaces an existing MVNO wholesale agreement between the two companies and extends its exclusivity to 2021.
Virgin Mobile was the world’s first virtual mobile operator when it launched in 1999. It is one of the largest MVNOs in the UK with 3 million subscribers. Instead of owning mobile infrastructure, Virgin Mobile uses infrastructure provided on a wholesale basis by network operator EE.
In November 2016 Virgin Mobile launched fast 4G in the UK. It combined this with innovative new services that give customers free messaging on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger and the ability to “rollover” unused data.Wholesale and Ventures is a BT business that provides network products and services to more than 1,400 communication providers operating in the UK.