If you live in the UK then you should know that the two biggest networks available are Vodafone and O2, with 18,500 mobile sites between them, together they control the market, which is why they have just teamed up in the hope of bringing better indoor coverage for 2G and 3G networks by 2015, as well as providing 4G services in the near future.
This does not mean that the two companies have merged however, and will both still use different mobile frequencies but will now be able to consolidate cell towers and mast, which they say will lead to an increase in sites of more than 40% for both operators:
A new 50/50 joint venture company will be created through the consolidation of both Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK’s existing basic network infrastructure, including towers and masts, which will be transferred to the joint venture or decommissioned over time.
Under the proposals, both companies will have access to a single grid of 18,500 masts representing an increase in sites of more than 40% for each operator. The joint venture will also be responsible for the building of new sites needed to extend coverage into rural and remote areas.
You may have noticed that this deal also directly competes with a similar arrangement Orange and T-Mobile set up a couple of years ago, bringing the Everything Everywhere tariff, which allows customers from both sides to switch between the two’s 3G networks so they can always have a good signal.
[via The Next Web]