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Vodafone and Telefonica (O2) mast sharing deal signed

Following news earlier in the month about mobile network infrastructure sharing, Vodafone and Telefonica (the company who own O2) have signed a deal to allow this to occur in four European countries which will see each company save hundreds of millions of pounds.

The countries included are Germany, Spain, Ireland and the UK with a possible extension to the Czech Republic and they plan to share sites, masts, and the onsite power supply. Each network will still maintain its own radio equipment and network for backhauling the traffic. The companies will continue to compete on retail business so there shouldn't be a huge effect to customers although coverage may vary slightly and customers may see some benefits from the cost savings in the current economic times.


I suspect initial reactions will be from people thinking this means their mobile phone signals will become worse, in theory some could experience better reception.
The other possible upside is a potential to reduce costs to us consumers and our phone calls, though that will probably be a while off yet.

  • over 11 years ago

Having read all about this yesterday, I was surprised to learn that it isn't a mast sharing deal at all - only the aircon & power supplies plus some space in the cabinets according to The Register:

  • toots66
  • over 11 years ago

>>and customers may see some benefits from the cost savings in the current economic times.

the only people that we see that is o2 and vodafone, not us

  • sarcy
  • over 11 years ago

I wouldnt be so sure sarcy, mobile firms have been under fire alot about customer charges, if this saves them alot of money i believe what we pay would decrease, of course its not going to drop over night or be instantly mega cheap, but it is likely to happen, and with cheaper costs they can beat or match the competition easier.

  • over 11 years ago

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