Bouygues and SFR resume network sharing discussions

4 Dec 2012

The French telco Bouygues Telecom has confirmed that it has resumed talks with rival firm SFR over the possibility of sharing their network infrastructure in rural areas, Reuters reports. The two companies had been in talks earlier this year but the discussions ended without a deal being reached. The French government has defined what it terms as ‘priority deployment areas’ for 4G mobile services outside of the country’s main cities, covering 63% of French territory but only 18% of the population. In order to reduce deployment costs operators are looking to share network equipment in these low-density areas. SFR recently launched its first commercial 4G services in the city of Lyon, while Bouygues is expected to introduce 4G sometime next year.

France, Bouygues Telecom, SFR