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O2 & Virgin Media To Merge

PF
PFMC84 UTV Newsline
Mobile company O2 and broadband and TV company Virgin Media are to merge, creating one of the UK's largest entertainment and telecoms firms and, they hope, a major rival to BT.

Full article on BBC News - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52570593

Seeing as the last attempt to merge O2 and 3 was blocked, will this make it past the regulator?
Will they keep the two names or will O2 become Virgin Mobile, as Virgin is the bigger and more valuable company?
JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Virgin Media is the bigger company, but O2 is the bigger mobile operator, it's the cable TV business that makes Virgin Media worth more.

I can see them keeping both names. EE didn't rebrand as BT Mobile. They did recently dual-brand the shops and I can see O2/VM doing the same.
NW
nwtv2003 Granada North West Today
It might be interesting to see if Virgin Mobile will go through with its planned change of MVNO from EE to Vodafone as a result of this merger. I can't see there being any hurdles to this merger, as O2 doesn't have a basic Broadband/Home Phone/Pay TV service and whilst Virgin Mobile is a popular network, I don't think it's anywhere near the size O2, nor Three who they were originally going to merge with.

It;'ll be interesting to see if one of the brands gets ditched, if not both. I think it's more likely that O2 brand will be ditched given how much Liberty Global has invested in the Virgin Media brand, but only time will tell this ultimately.

Ireland will be an interesting case as both O2 and Virgin Media operate in the Republic in a similar manner to the UK, or does this merger not effect the operations in the Republic?
steve
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TVVT (previously TVPerson) Granada North West Today
I agree with JAS84 that I think that they will keep the O2 name. Being the 2nd most popular mobile provider (only to EE), I don’t see why they would rename it. I’m pretty sure the Tweet said it would be a 50/50 ownership of the operations so it would be unfair on Telefónica’s part to call it Virgin Mobile.

There is a video explaining the merger on Telefónica’s Twitter, I tried uploading it but failed. If someone else could I’d appreciate it.

Also what would this mean of Disney+? (which O2 provides for free for a few months to it’s subscribers) It currently has a deal with Sky but now that O2 are joining forces with the rivals what will that mean?
Last edited by TVVT on 7 May 2020 11:38am
JO
Jon Central (West) Midlands Today

Ireland will be an interesting case as both O2 and Virgin Media operate in the Republic in a similar manner to the UK, or does this merger not effect the operations in the Republic?

The O2 mobile network was taken over by 3 a few years ago in the republic.
NW
nwtv2003 Granada North West Today
TVVT posted:
I agree with JAS84 that I think that they will keep the O2 name. Being the 2nd most popular mobile provider (only to EE), I don’t see why they would rename it. I’m pretty sure the Tweet said it would be a 50/50 ownership of the operations so it would be unfair on Telefónica’s part to call it Virgin Mobile.

There is a video explaining the merger on Telefónica’s Twitter, I tried uploading it but failed. If someone else could I’d appreciate it.





It seems business as usual for now, as well as the new company being a joint venture.
steve
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LL
London Lite Founding member London London
It might be interesting to see if Virgin Mobile will go through with its planned change of MVNO from EE to Vodafone as a result of this merger. I can't see there being any hurdles to this merger, as O2 doesn't have a basic Broadband/Home Phone/Pay TV service and whilst Virgin Mobile is a popular network, I don't think it's anywhere near the size O2, nor Three who they were originally going to merge with.


Virgin Mobile's UK business has over 3m subscribers.
MU
Mute New member West Country (East) Points West

Ireland will be an interesting case as both O2 and Virgin Media operate in the Republic in a similar manner to the UK, or does this merger not effect the operations in the Republic?


I believe that Ireland isn't included in the deal. Presumably Virgin Media Ireland will be reorganised back to being directly owned by Liberty Global rather than being a subsidiary of Virgin Media in the UK. It will be interesting to see if the Virgin Media brand continues to be used in Ireland afterwards.
JA
Jake Central (East) East Midlands Today
I'd expect they'd want a unified brand in the UK, whether that's VM, O2, or something new is hard to know.
PE
Pete Founding member STV North Reporting Scotland
What about giffgaff?

Do Virgin still do ADSL connections? I can see them ditching that and moving their openreach business entirely over to the o2 brand, keeping Virgin for cable.
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JA
Jake Central (East) East Midlands Today
Pete posted:
What about giffgaff?

Do Virgin still do ADSL connections? I can see them ditching that and moving their openreach business entirely over to the o2 brand, keeping Virgin for cable.

They sold the consumer ADSL customers to TalkTalk a few years a go.
PE
Pete Founding member STV North Reporting Scotland
Jake posted:
Pete posted:
What about giffgaff?

Do Virgin still do ADSL connections? I can see them ditching that and moving their openreach business entirely over to the o2 brand, keeping Virgin for cable.

They sold the consumer ADSL customers to TalkTalk a few years a go.


Well that answers that then.

So that just leaves Virgin Mobile and giffgaff as unknowns
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