Sky Denies Mobile Spectrum Purchase, No Plans To Launch Mobile Services Yet

Despite speculation to the contrary, BSkyB has denied plans to create a mobile services arm.

The satellite TV operator was looking to purchase the 1.8GHz spectrum scheduled to be sold off by Everything Everything as a condition of the Orange and T-Mobile merger, the Sunday Times reported. Other reports have suggested that the company may be interested in participating in spectrum auctions for the 800MHz and 2.6GHz licenses later this year.

But the satellite broadcaster has said it does not have plans to enter the mobile market.

"While we continue to extend our leadership in mobile content, we currently have no plans to offer mobile access beyond our existing public WiFi network", a BSkyB spokesperson wrote in an email to Reuters.

The spokesperson did not deny that the company had previously met with Everything Everything, but insisted this did not mean the satellite broadcaster would be adding a mobile phone network to its current services.

BSkyB is the UK's largest pay-TV broadcaster, with nearly 11 million television customers. Its archrivals, Virgin Media and Talktalk, already have had mobile offerings for a few years.

Source: Reuters