Virgin eyes up Helio

The US MVNO market is still rocky and an announcement made late Wednesday suggests consolidation may lie ahead. Virgin Mobile USA confirmed today that the company is in discussions with Korean carrier SK Telecom, which owns US MVNO Helio. Virgin stressed that these discussions “are in early stages, and there are no assurances that any […]

Orange UK hires three more Virgin execs

Tom Alexander, the founder and former head of Virgin Mobile, who joined Orange in October, has hired three of his former colleagues, to help turn France Telecom’s UK business around. Alexander, who officially became chief executive of Orange at the start of this year, is to be joined by Andrew Ralston, Gerry McQuade and Steven […]

Private equity firm moves for Virgin Media

UK quad-play operator Virgin Media has been targeted by private equity firm Carlyle Group in a $10bn deal, according to press reports from the UK and US. Virgin Media was born in February this year, following the purchase of Virgin Mobile’s UK operation by cableco NTL in 2006. NTL had previously merged with Telewest. It […]

Open access coalition rattles Virgin

A coalition of industry players calling for open access to spectrum in the 700MHz band in the US has raised a few hackles at Virgin Mobile USA this week. The Wireless Founders Coalition for Innovation (WFC) purports to have been co-founded by “the founders of Virgin Mobile USA”. Except Virgin doesn’t think so. A Virgin […]

Virgin to do deal with Warner?

UK cableco Virgin Media is rumoured to be talking over a content deal with Warner Bros. The agreement would see Virgin Media get a first look at Warner Bros content with obligations to pick up at least one of its shows each year. Last month, Virgin revealed that it lost 46,900 customers in the first […]

Virgin US in deal with Yahoo

Virgin Mobile USA said Wednesday that it intends to make Yahoo’s mobile services available to all its 4.6 million subscribers. The announcement comes as arch rival Google said it had inked a deal with handset maker LG. Both Yahoo and Google are vying for position, not only as the consumer’s preferred search brand but also […]

Virgin, Sky fall out sparks competition probe

The ongoing spat between Virgin Media and BSkyB has prompted UK communications regulator, Ofcom, to launch a competition probe into the pay TV industry. Ofcom said Tuesday it has received requests from Virgin, BT, Setanta and Top Up TV, to investigate the pay TV market and to consider whether to make a market reference to […]

Virgin ready to buy Pipex – reports

Virgin Media is poised to buy British broadband provider, Pipex Communications, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday – without citing sources – that the investment bank, UBS which is advising Pipex, is seeking first-round bids for the company by Friday. The paper reported that British incumbent BT, is also interested in the firm. […]

Virgin tackles ex-Telewest bundling bug

Ex-Telewest subscribers may be paying more for bundled services than they bargained for as the integration of the UK cable company into Virgin Media continues. Over the weekend, discovered first hand that Telewest subscribers who had signed up for a bundle over 12 months ago were now being charged for single services. On a […]

Virgin Media launches in UK

Virgin Media, the combined service offerings of Virgin Mobile and NTL Telewest fixed line services, launched in the UK on Thursday. Entrepreneur and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson unveiled the new brand at a conference in central London Thursday morning, backed by an advertising campaign starring Uma Thurman. Customers will be able to subscribe to […]

Virgin Media to launch this week

Richard Branson will lift the curtain on Virgin Media on Tursday, backed by a £20m (Eur30m) advertising campaign and fronted by film star Uma Thurman. The campaign will see the launch of cable company NTL Telewest as a quadruple-play UK operator offering TV, internet and fixed and mobile phone services following its £1bn merger last […]

Virgin Mobile TV flops in UK [

The UK’s first broadcast mobile-television service has attracted less than 7,000 subscribers since its launch last October. Virgin Mobile TV, a branded version of a service from wholesaler BT Movio, launched off the back of a multimillion-pound advertising campaign featuring Pamela Anderson, the former Baywatch actress. Despite this and a leap of about 2,000 subscribers […]

Virgin preparing to enter India – reports

Virgin mobile is preparing to enter the Indian market in a joint venture with Tata Teleservices, according to reports Wednesday, in the UK’s Times newspaper. Ratan Tata, Tata’s group chairman, is believed to have had talks with Virgin chief, Richard Branson about the proposals. It is understood the pair have spoken about Virgin becoming an […]

Virgin Mobile targets India

According to local reports, Virgin is looking to launch its mobile brand in India. The Times of India said Monday that Virgin was in talks with Tata Teleservices there. The paper cited a source “familiar” with the deal but did not name sources. According to the report, if Virgin is successful, it could launch products […]

Virgin South Africa boss steps down

The head honcho of Virgin Mobile’s South African operation, Sajeed Sacranie, has handed in his resignation, less than six months since the company launched. Local press reports suggest that Sacranie was a hard line manager, but that he has built the company up to be operationally stable and intends to move on as he is […]

Branson gets behind NTL/ITV proposal

The man behind the Virgin brand, Richard Branson, is backing the proposed merger between British cable operator NTL and broadcasting company ITV, according to the FT which did not cite sources. Rumours of the proposal emerged Thursday with some suggesting the deal could be worth as much as £9bn ($17.25bn). ITV is the UK’s largest […]

NTL Telewest gives birth to Virgin Media

Cable firm NTL Telewest will be re-branded Virgin Media early next year, the company announced Wednesday. NTL, which bought British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin mobile phone business last year for £1bn confirmed that Virgin Mobile will continue as a separate brand but remain part of the Virgin Media group NTL also announced its Q3 results […]

Analysts unimpressed with Virgin’s Mobile TV

Analysts and observers have criticised the launch of Virgin’s mobile TV service, both for the quality of the offering and its lack of channels. The mobile virtual network operator announced its broadcast mobile TV offering at an event in London on Thursday but already questions are being asked about its quality and the effect that […]

NTL may be target of 10bn GBP bid

NTL, the cable giant which recently underwent a mega-merger with Telewest and Virgin Mobile, could now be a target itself. It is understood an investment consortium comprising Providence Equity Partners, Blackstone, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Cinven has tabled an offer of £10bn for the firm. The equity partners are believed to have made an approach […]

Virgin gets on “free broadband” bandwagon

Virgin Mobile has partnered with sister company and broadband provider as the latest partnership to get in on the “free broadband” market. The pair, both of which are owned by cableco NTL, are offering a year’s free broadband at up to 8Mbps speeds to customers that sign up Virgin Mobile’s SIM-only pay monthly tariffs […]


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