Company managing O2 UK and Vodafone UK shared network sites is up and running

30 Oct 2009

Cornerstone, the company managing the shared network infrastructure of British mobile operators O2 UK and Vodafone UK is now fully operational, Mobile Today reports. Cornerstone has said that more than 100 cell sites are now live or under construction, and it is understood that a tender for maintenance of the sites could take place as early as January 2010. An unnamed O2 spokeswoman, commenting on the development, said; ‘Now that the Cornerstone team is in place, we are working to review our processes and procedures to ensure we are operating efficiently. We continually review our suppliers, but it is far too early to speculate on a new tender at this stage.’

The network sharing venture is part of a larger deal between the cellcos’ two parent companies, Spain’s Telefonica and UK-based Vodafone Group, announced in March 2009. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the two telecoms giants agreed to share infrastructure and deploy it jointly in Spain, Germany, Ireland and the UK in a ten-year deal designed to cut costs worth in the region of hundreds of millions of Euros.

United Kingdom, O2 UK, Vodafone UK