Orange and Yoigo to share networks

18 Jan 2008

France Telecom’s Orange and TeliaSonera’s Xfera Moviles (which operates under the Yoigo banner) have announced a five year agreement to share their network infrastructure in Spain. The companies hope the arrangement will allow them to ‘optimise the use of their networks’. No financial details were made public.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Yoigo launched commercial W-CDMA services on 1 December 2006, to become Spain’s fourth wireless network operator. The newcomer’s unique selling point is its decision to offer the same call prices for both post- and pre-paid customers: EUR0.12 (USD0.16) per minute for all domestic calls, subject to a call connection charge of EUR0.12 (both prices exclude VAT). In addition to voice services, Yoigo also offers its customers SMS, MMS, mobile internet access, mobile portal services and international roaming. The cellco offers nationwide coverage based on a combination of its own W-CDMA network and a national roaming agreement to use the GSM-based network of rival Vodafone Spain.