Vodafone and Orange sailing ahead by sharing masts

Orange and Vodafone have extended their sharing agreements and will share cell sites and parts of the Radio Access Network (RAN). Vodafone hope to save around £1bn per year in saved expenses.

This covers both 2G and 3G systems and they’re using BT for backhaul services.

Angus MacNeil of the Scottish National Party is going to propose that they should now be mandated to improve coverage in the Scottish Islands, which currently don’t have a lot.

By Steve Kennedy

I have over 20 years' experience in the Telecoms/Internet/Mobile industries. I was involved with internet in the UK before it had a commercial presence, internet streaming from its beginning (he was the first UK Real Networks customer), and set-up the first Internet Dance Radio Station ( I was also involved with the first netcast of BigBrother (UK).

I am an acknowledged "independent Industry expert" and uses those abilities in consulting and working with a number of investment partners on various projects. I also am a freelance journalist writing on technology subjects.

I'm also a Director of UKEC Ltd - the UK ENUM Consortium that is the governing body for ENUM in the UK.

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