Vodafone, Orange in new network sharing agreement

10 Jan 2014

Spanish mobile operators Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana have reportedly initiated an integration of their respective mobile networks, in a move which can be seen as a response to a similar deal stuck between rivals Telefonica Espana (Movistar) and Xfera Moviles (Yoigo), local newspaper Expansion reports. According to the article, the two wireless operators previously entered into a similar agreement to share their fibre-optic infrastructure in July 2013. The first stage of the new deal will see each operator dismantle around 1,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) in less populated areas and move its equipment to its partner’s infrastructure; further, Vodafone and Orange will be liable to half of the rental, security and maintenance costs.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July 2013 Telefonica Espana, Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana signed an agreement under which they will share vertical fibre-optic infrastructures in buildings. Under the terms of the deal, the trio have detailed the types of buildings in which vertical infrastructures will be shared and the technical procedures that will make this possible.