May 5, 2020
Virgin Media to dominate market connecting 5G after contract win
Virgin Media is set to dominate the UK market for providing connections to 5G mobile masts after signing up phone company Three to use its network. Its fibre cables will be used to connect more than 3,000 of Three's 5G sites, Peter Kelly, managing director of Virgin Media's business unit, told the Financial Times. Virgin Media had already signed up Vodafone to a large backhaul contract late last year and is also in early-stage discussions with O2 over a wholesale agreement. Three, which is owned by Hong Kong conglomerate CK Hutchison, also uses BT, SSE and CityFibre for various backhaul services but has opted for Virgin Media for 5G. The company has a close relationship with BT's EE as the two mobile networks share masts. The deal to switch to Virgin Media's connecting cables for 5G thus represents a new frontier for Three.
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