Virgin Media O2 plans fibre joint venture in broadband push

Britain’s Virgin Media O2 plans to launch a fibre network-building joint venture with owners Liberty Global and Telefonica, as the group aims to take on BT Group in the high-speed broadband market, a news report in the Financial Times said.
Virgin Media and O2Telefonica and Liberty Global, who oversaw the merger of Virgin Media and O2 to create the enlarged group last year, will begin contacting potential investors this week but some informal discussions have already begun.

The new company is seeking a substantial investment from third-party investors and the external capital injection could eventually total as much as 1 billion pounds ($1.34 billion), Sky news reported.

Last year, the British cable and mobile provider said it would upgrade its entire network serving 15.5 million premises to full fibre by 2028.

Virgin Media’s immediate rival BT has also set out a target of providing fibre-broadband to 25 million premises, by the end-2026.

Last year, Virgin owner Liberty Global and Spain’s Telefonica agreed on a $44 billion merger. The 50:50 joint venture is being led by Virgin Media boss Lutz Schuler.

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