Sky Mobile has confirmed it will launch 5G plans this November, bringing the option of ultrafast mobile data speeds to its 1m customers if they upgrade to a compatible Huawei handset.
Today’s news follows confirmation from O2, which Sky uses to offer its mobile services, that it would switch on 5G in October.
Sky says its TV customers who also have a 5G plan will enjoy “an amazing mobile viewing experience when streaming high-quality movies, TV shows, live sports, or kids programmes on Sky’s apps. All without using any data allowance.”
Sophia Ahmad, Commercial Director of Sky Mobile, said: “We will be the only mobile operator to be able to combine the launch of next generation superfast 5G connectivity with Sky Mobile’s unique features including Roll, Swap and Watch.”
The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G starts from £36 per month on Swap24 excluding the data plan. Customers can add 8GB allowance and Unlimited Calls & Texts for just £10 instead of £15, saving themselves £150.
Media & Telecoms Analyst Paolo Pescatore said today’s announcement was likely to put pressure on the bigger networks.
He commented: “5G represents a significant opportunity for Sky to steal market share.”
“It is becoming harder for telcos to differentiate on connectivity beyond price alone. Sky armed with its innovative mobile features and breath of content is very well placed to compete head on. For now, from an overall services perspective it seems to be in pole position.”
“However, it is largely dependent on O2’s network rollout. Moving forward you can foresee both companies becoming more closely aligned.”
“The UK will be one of the most competitive 5G markets in the world by the end of this year.”