Vodafone and Orange to share rural 3G rollout

9 Nov 2006

Mobile operators Vodafone Spain and France Télécom España (FTE) have struck a 3G network sharing agreement covering rural Spain. Vodafone and FTE, which recently brought its fixed and mobile businesses under the Orange brand name, will join forces to develop UMTS networks in selected Spanish towns with a population of less than 25,000. The companies said the deal would generate ‘significant cost savings’ and see them roll out 40% fewer base stations than otherwise would have been the case. In early 2004 Spain’s Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) agreed to let operators share their 3G networks in a bid to cut infrastructure costs.