Vodafone, Wind Hellas share networks

27 Jun 2013

Vodafone Greece and rival full-service Greek operator Wind Hellas have struck a 15-year mobile network sharing agreement to save costs, Reuters reports. The country’s respective second- and third-largest mobile operators abandoned a plan to merge their operations in February 2012 following indications that the deal would be disallowed under European antimonopoly regulation. Vodafone announced yesterday that the network sharing agreement with Wind covers 2G and 3G radio access infrastructure in rural areas and in selected urban locations, but does not give Wind access to any of Vodafone’s 4G LTE network infrastructure. The arrangement, which involves the establishment of a jointly owned company to manage shared infrastructure, is subject to approval of Greece’s National Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT).