Are BSkyB going after the UK spectrum?
Is it surprising that BSkyB have been rumoured to be chasing that lovely, lucrative spectrum, currently in the hands of EverythingEverywhere? Sky have bugger-all sway in the mobile market and obviously, at some point, they'll want in.
It has been reported that BSkyB were sniffing around the 1.8GHz spectrum, which is being sold off by EE. However, the satellite cheese is pooh-poohing this claim saying that they have no immediate plans for a mobile move.
"While we continue to extend our leadership in mobile content, we currently have no plans to offer mobile access beyond our existing public Wi-Fi network," said BSkyB. We've all noticed that they seem to be saying 'we're not going into mobiles... YET,' right?
Of course, BSkyB could just be hanging on for the auctions of new licences in 800MHz and 2.6GHz or indeed, just buy 3UK's network who look like they might be selling their share after parent-company Hutchison Whampoa threatened to pull out of the UK, saying that it isn't being given a fair deal in the spectrum auctions.
Either way, it seems unlikely that BSkyB will pass up and opportunity to get a foothold in the mobile market. Watch this space.