Dutch cellcos Vodafone and KPN Mobile abandon network sharing, paper says

2 Jan 2014

Dutch mobile operators KPN Mobile The Netherlands and Vodafone have apparently abandoned plans to pursue their network sharing programme in the country, Telecompaper writes without citing any sources. The pair had previously signed a network sharing agreement in September 2012, but now say that the pilot trials on sharing antenna sites will no longer be continued. No reasons have been given for the decision, although both are said to be open to discussions on possible initiatives to reduce network rollout costs in future. The regulator Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) has been informed. Interestingly, the decision comes not long after third player T-Mobile Netherlands and Tele2 NL signed their own network sharing agreement deal while the latter – which secured mobile spectrum rights a year ago – rolls out its own network in the country.