Friday, 22 June 2018

Vodafone, O2 merge UK networks in bid to keep up in LTE race

By Nick Wood and Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Thursday 07 June 12

U.K. mobile operators unveil plan to share 2G and 3G infrastructure; claim joint venture will allow faster achievement of LTE coverage requirements.

Vodafone and Telefonica's U.K. units plan to combine their mobile infrastructure to create a single 2G and 3G network, with a view to adding LTE into the mix in future, the two companies announced on Thursday. The firms will create a 50/50 joint venture to run the network of 18,500 masts, which equates to an increase in sites of more than 40% for each of them. The pair's existing network infrastructure will be wrapped into the venture, with some towers and masts being decommissioned over time. The telcos predict a 10% overall reduction in the number of their U…

Vodafone and Telefonica's U.K. units plan to combine their mobile infrastructure to create a single 2G and 3G network, with a view to adding LTE into the mix in future, the two companies announced on Thursday. The firms will create a 50/50 joint venture to run the network of 18,500 masts, which equates to an increase in sites of more than 40% for each of them. The pair's existing network infrastructure will be wrapped into the venture, with some towers and masts being decommissioned over time. The telcos predict a 10% overall reduction in the number of their U…

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