Vodafone UK is set to unwind the London component of its network sharing agreement with Telefonica UK (O2) Light Reading reports, citing comments made at a press briefing in the capital. The news site quotes Kye Prigg, Vodafone UK’s Head of Mobile and Fixed Networks, as saying: ‘We’ve decided to unwind the relationship with Telefonica in London. That means in the north of London, where Telefonica was providing 4G coverage, and in the south, where we were doing the same, each company will put in its own base station assets.’ Quizzed as to whether the agreement would also be terminated in other parts of the country, Prigg reportedly admitted: ‘All options are on the table’.
Back in November 2012 the two British cellcos agreed to create a national grid of around 18,500 sites in a bid to improve coverage for their respective subscribers. As per the terms of ‘Project Beacon’, Vodafone was in charge of looking after network maintenance in the West of the UK and Wales, while O2 will looked after the East, including Northern Ireland. The deal was restricted to physical infrastructure however, and did not involve shared spectrum.