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Vodafone, O2 Ink Equipment Sharing Agreement for 5G

Vodafone and O2 Telefónica announced that they have agreed to share 5G active equipment, such as radio antennas, on joint network sites across the UK.

Vodafone and O2The two companies stated that this network sharing agreement will allow them to speed up the deployment of 5G technology and lower roll-out costs.

Vodafone and O2 have also agreed to greater 5G network autonomy on approximately 2,700 sites in 23 of the UK’s larger cities, representing just over 16% of combined mast sites. This is in addition to London – previously announced in 2018 – bringing the total number of autonomous sites to 25%. At these sites, each party will install their own radio equipment, fiber ‘backhaul’ connection and power supply.

The partners said that this new agreement will see Cornerstone, the 50:50 joint venture company that owns and manages the carriers’ passive tower infrastructure, take an additional role in the deployment of both networks and look to capture further operational efficiencies.

Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK, said: “We’re driving our 5G roll-out forward with this agreement, and taking our customers, our business and the whole of the UK with us. Greater autonomy in major cities will allow us to accelerate deployment, and together with active network sharing, ensures that our customers will get super-fast 5G in even more places more quickly, using fewer masts. We can boost capacity where our customers need it most so they can take full advantage of our new unlimited plans.”

Mark Evans, CEO, O2 Telefónica UK, said: “This agreement will enable us to roll-out 5G faster and more efficiently, benefiting customers while delivering value for our business. It also importantly allows us to utilize the spectrum we acquired in the last auction very effectively.”

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