By Daniel Hunter

Sky has announced plans to launch its own mobile phone service in 2016.

The pay TV company will use Telefonica's wireless network to offer mobile services for the first time. Sky said the move would take its services into "quad play", adding to TV, internet and landline phones.

It is believed that offering all four services is the 'next big thing' for telecoms firms and broadcasters.

Virgin Media already offers all four services, and BT is in talks to by EE for £12.5bn which would add mobile to its repertoire of TV, broadband and landline services.

"Sky has a proven ability to launch new services, at scale," said Jeremy Darroch, the company's chief executive.

It is understood that the deal will not affect Sky's deal with Vodafone to offer Sky Sports or Sky's pay-as-you-go NowTV service as part of mobile phone contracts.

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