Are BSkyB going after the UK spectrum?

29 May 2012

Bitterwallet - Sky collect personal dataIs 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.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile   Broadband   TV


  • The B.
    Seriously? So, Rupert Murdoch wants to own a mobile phone company? Sounds perfectly reasonable, it's not as though there's any sort of inquiry going on at the moment regarding certain practices involving mobile phones that his company were involved in is there?
  • Mike H.
    The skyphone. No lawsuits there.
  • qwertyuiop
    This is Rupert Murdoch we're talking about here, the man as old as creation, so rich that he most likely has his own Lazarus pit! Skype would probably be too scared to touch him, much like all these witnesses who've attended the inquiry.
  • Inspector G.
    BSkyB now own Amstrad, that bought the failing Sinclair company that made the ZX Spectrum, so the headline is already true.

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