Vodafone, Orange in New Network Sharing Agreement

Spanish mobile operators Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana have 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). 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.

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