Virgin Media Launches 5G Via Vodafone MVNO Partnership


By Jonathan Easton

Virgin Media has rolled out 5G in the UK, connecting 100 towns and cities across the country.

The launch will see Virgin partner with Vodafone and utilise the mobile operator’s network. It is an extension of an MVNO partnership which was first announced in 2019.

Virgin said that its broadband customers will be able to choose a 5G plan if taking one of its ‘Oomph’ converged bundles that package TV, broadband and mobile connectivity. The operator promised that 5G connectivity will be available at no extra cost, and that customers can take up the mobile contract as a standalone.

Prices range from £6(US$8.23) per month for a 3GB sim-only plan to £79 per month for the Ultimate Oomph bundle, which includes an unlimited data SIM card.

Virgin also noted that new and existing customers buying a 4G plan will remain on the EE network, due to its MVNO partnership with the BT-owned operator expiring at the end of 2021.

Chief operating officer at Virgin Media Jeff Dodds said: “The launch of 5G is a milestone moment for us. As the world’s first virtual mobile operator, our offering has long been about breaking boundaries and offering our customers a premium service without the price tag. That’s why we’re launching fast, reliable 5G connectivity at no extra cost while keeping the added extras of our existing mobile plans in place.

“By offering 5G and gigabit broadband all under one roof, Virgin Media customers can experience next-generation connectivity both in and out of the home, putting them in a great place to take advantage of the latest technology.”

Virgin Media currently has 3.3 million mobile and 5.6 million cable customers across the UK.

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