While all eyes are focussed on Three's potential takeover of O2, it's not the only interested part eyeing up Telefonica's network in the UK. While Sky isn't looking to buy the network outright, the Guardian reports that it is in early talks to form a partnership with the mobile operator.
For Sky, the benefit is clear -- with BT preparing its EE buyout, lining up significant wares across the quad-play market (landline, broadband, TV and mobile), Sky needs a position within the mobile market. O2 on the other hand could benefit from attractive TV perks for its customers -- unlimited access to Sky Go, for instance, would certainly be a lure towards an O2 contract. Sky already paid £200 million back in 2013 to snap up O2's broadband and fixed-line business.
Most likely, however, is O2 cutting a deal similar to the one it currently has with Tesco Mobile -- Sky could become an MVNO, leveraging O2's infrastructure to offer mobile contracts alongside its TV and broadband packages. [Guardian]