Vodafone and O2 have finalised their deal to extend 50:50 sharing of network equipment in the UK, which includes 5G technology and radio antennas.
Both of the parties stand to benefit from the arrangement, because it allows for cost optimisation, cell site deployment, network coverage quality strengthening, as well as other benefits. With that being said, there are still notable differences between the two, as studies have shown that Vodafone’s 4G broadband network is still much faster.
Being able to reach more people with 5G sooner than what might otherwise have been possible is another great thing about this agreement. Due to this, the total percentage of autonomous sites will increase to 25%.
For future deployments, both parties will have more flexibility to cater to the needs of their customers. Since they’ve agreed to share some of their equipment, there will be less impact on the environment.
Nick Jeffery, CEO at Vodafone UK, believes the agreement will result in greater autonomy in major cities. He is happy that their customers will be able to access 5G sooner and in more places to boot.
Mark Evans, CEO at Telefónica UK, believes that mobile connectivity is a golden opportunity to strengthen the region’s economy and improve the quality of citizens’ lives.
As for sharing the fibre, that possibility is still on the table. However, Vodafone and O2 are still in the process of exploring circumstances and deciding which transmission networks could be utilised for better efficiency by sharing.