VMED O2 UK Limited
Company typeJoint venture
Industry
Founded1 June 2021; 2 years ago (2021-06-01)
HeadquartersLondon, England, UK
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Lutz Schüler (CEO)
Owners
Subsidiaries
Websitevirginmediao2.co.uk

VMED O2 UK Limited,[1] trading as Virgin Media O2, is a British mass media and telecommunications company based in London, England. The company was formed in June 2021 as a 50:50 joint venture between Liberty Global and Telefónica through the merger of their respective Virgin Media and O2 UK businesses.[2][3][4]

O2 UK is focused on mobile phone telecommunications, and Virgin Media is focused on broadband internet, set-top boxes and landline services.

History

In October 2021, the company introduced their joint venture 'Volt' package for customers who have an O2 Pay Monthly plan with Virgin Media broadband.[5]

On 24 July 2023, it was announced that Virgin Media O2 were reducing roles of up to 2,000 members of staff by the end of 2023.[6]

In August 2023, the company announced that it had moved all Virgin Mobile UK customers to the O2 network. It had advised customers in January 2023 that they would be transferring. Virgin Mobile no longer offer new plans or services, but existing customers are still legally contracted under Virgin Mobile.[7]

In September 2023, it was announced Virgin Media O2 had acquired the UK-regional broadband business, Upp.[8]

References

  1. ^ "VMED O2 UK Limited overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Companies House. 30 April 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2024.
  2. ^ Harris, Jamie (1 June 2021). "Virgin Media O2 pledges to create 'unbeatable choice' as merged brand launches". The Independent. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  3. ^ Warrington, James (1 June 2021). "Virgin Media O2 promises market shake-up after £31bn merger". City A.M. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  4. ^ "VMED O2 UK LIMITED – Overview (free company information from Companies House)". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk.
  5. ^ Jackson, Mark (18 October 2021). "New VOLT Benefits for Being Virgin Media and O2 UK Customers". ISPreview UK. Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  6. ^ Jackson, Mark (11 January 2023). "Virgin Media UK Confirm Aim to Switch Virgin Mobile Plans to O2". ISPreview UK. Retrieved 11 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Virgin Mobile | Phone & SIM Deals - See What You Can Do". www.virginmedia.com. Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  8. ^ "VMO2 looks Upp with latest acquisition". Capacity Media. 7 September 2023. Retrieved 7 September 2023.