13 Jul 2012
Dutch mobile network operators KPN Mobile The Netherlands and Vodafone Netherlands have revealed they plan to share mobile tower sites on a limited trial basis from September, Telecompaper reports. The cellcos’ pilot trial will be limited to ‘a certain area’, it says, and the national competition authority Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) and spectrum regulator Agentschap Telecom have been informed about the nature, content and purpose of the trial. KPN and Vodafone will use the network sharing tests to see if they can mutually benefit from reduced network costs, better coverage and environmental benefits. The success of the tests, however, will be whether or not service quality suffers as a result of network sharing. The trial follows a trend emerging in Europe and across the globe, where network operators are finding it necessary to work more closely together when it comes to rolling out new network infrastructure. No active network devices such as antennas will be shared, they say, while services on their existing networks – voice, SMS/MMS and data – will also be kept separate. The results of the trial will be evaluated at the end of this year.