UPC Ireland signs MVNO agreement with Three
30 May 2014 | 0
UPC has signed a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with mobile telecommunications operator Three. The deal comes comes a day after the European Commission approved of Three’s acquisition of O2 Ireland.
MVNO’s are mobile operators who use another company’s network’s to deliver their services., such as Tesco Mobile, which uses O2’s network.
Magnus Ternsjo, CEO of UPC Ireland, said: “This is a strategic and exciting agreement which gives UPC the opportunity to provide another extraordinary product to consumers with the launch of mobile and to become a fully-fledged quad-play services provider. Three together with their acquired O2 business will be a great mobile network partner of ours going forward.
“Our parent company Liberty Global is in the process of launching mobile services in a number of countries across Europe, and we are delighted to strike a deal that allows us to make this step in Ireland as well.”
UPC will become the country’s second quadplay provider following eircom’s move into the TV space.
Robert Finnegan, CEO of Three Ireland, added: “Today’s announcement further reinforces how Three’s acquisition of 02 Ireland will help drive competition by facilitating new entrants into the market, such as UPC. Three’s planned investment to develop a state-of-the art 4G network will benefit customers of Three and O2 as well as these new entrants.”