Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana have announced that they have extended their current mobile (2G/3G/4G) and fixed line network sharing agreement to cover a wider geographic area. In doing so, the telcos hope to ‘promote a sustainable investment model’ that will accelerate the arrival of next generation networks, including 5G.
The new agreement extends the agreement reached in 2006 (and renewed in 2016), and increases the size of the locations covered from places with 1,000-25,000 inhabitants to cities with a population of up to 175,000. In total, 14,800 towns and cities are covered by the updated agreement. Each company will maintain its own network strategy in large cities however, where the efficiencies of sharing are limited. In addition, the two companies will continue to use their independent spectrum allocations and maintain the responsibility for their core networks.