BSkyB set to introduce mobile voice services

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 28-05-2012

After conquering all before it in the UK pay-TV industry, with OTT services to come, the cash machine that is BSkyB is now said to be on the verge of entering the UK’s mobile phone industry.

According to reports by the Sunday Times in the pay-TV behemoth has been negotiating with Orange and T-Mobile over its desire to buy spectrum owned by the latters’ Everything Everywhere joint venture in order to run not only voice but also video services that the 4G network could support.

There is no doubt that BSkyB could afford to purchase the spectrum and then go on to be a leading quadruple play provider with a mobile offering: for the nine months ended 31 March 2012 , BSkyB announced that revenue had smashed the £5 billion barrier (£5.1BN) a rise of 5% driving a 15% rise in operating profit to £908 million and EBITDA of £1.2 billion. BSkyB reported that total quarterly net product growth of 904,000 to 27.7 million with 78,000 net new households in the quarter to reach 10.55 million customers. The operator showed strong growth across all of its products lines especially that of the core TV business and in the quarter overtook Virgin Media, who itself offers mobile services, to become the leading triple play provider in the UK at 3.2 million, up 24% year-on-year.

BSkyB has though declined to comment on the reports.