TalkTalk has signed a data partnership with O2 owner Telefonica which will move its customers onto the mobile carrier’s 2G, 3G and 4G infrastructure in the UK.
The agreement will see the teleco group drop Vodafone as its data provider in a bid to boost its mobile user base, which it has claimed accounts for 350,000 or 9.5 per cent of all its customers.
The firm will now compete with Virgin Media as a quad-play provider, offering consumers packages featuring TV, phone, broadband and mobile services.
Dido Harding, chief executive of TalkTalk said: “This is a significant development for TalkTalk, building on our success in mobile to date. We are ideally placed to benefit from the market shift to quad-play, with a sizeable and growing number of customers already choosing to take mobile from us.
“We see real opportunities in both the near term and further out, to work with Telefónica UK to further accelerate our quad-play growth.”
Ronan Dunne, chief executive of Telefónica UK, added: “We are pleased to be able to announce our commercial MVNO agreement with TalkTalk, which builds on our heritage of being the trusted provider for many notable MVNO, public and private sector organisations in the UK.
“This recognition, as a leading source of essential connectivity, comes as a result of our continued and significant investment in our nationwide network. We welcome the start of what we hope will be a successful and prosperous relationship for both parties.”
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