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Vodafone and O2 Network Sharing Agreement Gets Approval in U.K.

by Killian Bell | October 1, 2012October 1, 2012 5:10 am PDT

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A cell tower sharing agreement between British carriers Vodafone and O2 has been given regulatory approval by Ofcom in the United Kingdom. The agreement allow both networks to share each other’s infrastructures, meaning better coverage for Vodafone and O2 subscribers.

The agreement is similar to that currently ongoing between Orange and T-Mobile. What it means is that customers on either network will be able to use cell towers owned by both Vodafone and O2, so in areas where Vodafone coverage is poor handsets will automatically switch to an O2 cell tower, and vice versa.

According to the two companies, 98% of the U.K. will be covered by their 2G and 3G services by 2015.

O2 U.K. CEO Ronan Dunne said the move will deliver a “superfast network” to customers:

“This partnership is about working smarter as an industry, so that we can focus on what really matters to our customers – delivering a superfast network up to two years faster than Ofcom envisages and to as many people as possible.”

Vodafone UK CEO Guy Laurence said this is “excellent news” for customers:

“This is excellent news for British consumers, businesses and the wider economy: we are promising indoor coverage for 98 per cent of the UK population across all technologies within three years. We will bring the best mobile coverage that this country has ever enjoyed to more people than ever before.

“Our existing customers will benefit on the devices that they have today and we will lay the foundations for the real 4G network they will want tomorrow.”

As a Vodafone customers, I couldn’t be happier with this news. What do you think to this move?

[Via: Android Central]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...