Italian cellco Iliad has asked courts to annul a 5G network sharing agreement between rival operators Wind Tre and Fastweb. According to a report from Reuters, a first hearing on the matter will be held on 12 February to decide whether to grant Iliad access to the agreement deed, with a ruling in merit due by 7 October.
Wind Tre and Fastweb announced their ten-year 5G network sharing deal in June last year, saying it would ‘lead to the rapid deployment of a shared 5G radio access and backhauling network in Italy’. The nationwide network will include Wind Tre and Fastweb macro and small cells, connected through dark fibre from Fastweb, with a targeted coverage of 90% of the population by 2026. Wind Tre will manage the 5G network, while both operators will offer commercial services independently over the shared infrastructure.
With Telecom Italia (TIM) and Vodafone having inked a similar agreement, newcomer Iliad is the only one of the country’s mobile operators without a 5G network sharing partnership.