Mobile operators in UK to share networks?

Now here’s some interesting news; according to the Guardian newspaper, Vodafone and O2 apparently are to pool networks, and Vodafone’s current partner Orange is to ask 3 and T-Mobile for permission to join their network sharing scheme.

All five of the carriers will still operate under their individual brand names, however bringing together their networks will enable them to push mobile broadband into more rural areas with a result of allowing the reduction in the 51000 base stations scattered across the UK.

The Office of Fair Trading along with the Competition Commission is expected to examine the two deals to see if such a merger would have an effect on reducing competition. If the move goes ahead it should reduce costs which could well lead to cheaper phone calls and internet services.

Source — dailymobile

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