Back in June of this year we told you of Vodafone and O2's plans to implement a cell tower sharing agreement which would see customers on both networks benefit from better national coverage. Well, it seems it is all systems go as permission has now been given by the regulatory authorities.
We presume the move was brought on by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, but for the consumer this is great news. O2 and Vodafone say that by 2015, 98% of the UK will be covered by their 2G and 3G service. They also say they'll implement the necessary 4G hardware into existing cell sites, although this is still pending Ofcom's auction of the wireless spectrum.
O2 UK CEO Ronan Dunne 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.
Vodafone UK CEO Guy Laurence said: “This is excellent news for British consumers, businesses and the wider economy: we are promising indoor coverage for 98 per cent 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.
Good news all round for UK mobile users.