Telefónica's UK unit has agreed a "long-term" (but length unspecified) deal with pay-TV player Sky , which will see Telefónica UK continue to provide the MVNO network for Sky Mobile, as well as giving Sky customers access to Telefónica's 5G testbed, once it is launched. Sky Mobile claims to have attracted more than half a million customers since its launch in January 2017.
Independent analyst Paolo Pescatore was impressed: "A stellar set of results. What a great way to end its fiscal year; goes out with a bang in a good way. Sky is a prized asset for both Comcast and Disney [via 21st Century Fox]. Whoever comes out on top will ensure that Sky has the resources to be an even more formidable player in the rapidly changing media landscape." (See Comcast Gives Up on Fox, Focuses on Sky, Eurobites: Comcast Ups Its Bid for Sky and Fox Trumps Comcast With $32.5B Bid for Sky.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading