Network sharing deal extended

What Mobile
January 7, 2009

Like T-Mobile and 3, which has a similar agreement that sees the cost of running the network infrastructure shared (things like running the base stations), the deal saves each network a bundle of money and potentially enhances coverage for users on either network.

Although some sites may be decommissioned if they are too close to each other, the long term gain – in theory – is superior coverage in rural areas (where only one site needs to be built and maintained instead of two). This is particularly vital in places like Scotland, where populations are spread out over wide areas – and are not normally attractive for network operators to cover.

Billing and the actual running of each network remain entirely separate, so Orange users will not be able to ‘roam’ on to Vodafone sites or vice versa.



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