Telefonica UK (O2 UK) and Vodafone UK have just announced plans to merge their existing networks in an effort to create one national grid, extending mobile coverage and Internet services throughout the UK.
This will allow the two carriers to offer indoor 2G/ 3G coverage across 98% of the UK by 2015, alongside that the two will use the merger to prepare for the launch of their 4G network.
Ronan Dunne, CEO Telefo?nica UK said: “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. One physical grid, running independent networks, will mean broader coverage and, crucially, investment in innovation and better competition for the customer. We look forward to Ofcom’s spectrum auction and the release of 800 spectrum.”
Guy Laurence, CEO Vodafone UK said: “This is excellent news for British consumers, businesses and the wider economy: we are promising indoor coverage for 98% 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.”
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