Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Irish Operators to Share Mobile Infrastructure

Telefonica O2 Ireland and eircom agreed to share their mobile network infrastructure.

The agreement between the competing operators brings greater cooperation in a number of areas of mobile network sharing such as site equipment, power supply, technology and transmission sharing. Wherever possible, existing sites of both operators will be consolidated and new sites will be jointly built. A dedicated team, made up of existing network staff from both organisations, will be established to manage the day-to-day build and operation of the distinct networks.

Speaking on behalf of eircom Group, CEO Paul Donovan said, "It is imperative that our industry continues to invest in both fixed and mobile platforms to underpin Ireland's national recovery. The current economic realities require all operators to think creatively on how to operate more efficiently. This new collaboration between two of the largest operators in the Irish market demonstrates how working together we can deliver tangible benefits for customers."

Stephen Shurrock, CEO of Telefonica O2 Ireland, said, "We continue to see strong demand from consumers and businesses alike for higher bandwidth services, as mobile data usage grows. Today's announcement will enable us to not only deliver new and enhanced services, including faster broadband speeds, but also to do it in a much more efficient way, providing the best mobile infrastructure for the customer and the economy alike. There is a strong strategic requirement for greater collaboration and focus in the area of investment in helping to accelerate the introduction of new technologies and O2 is delighted to be at the forefront of this development."http://pressroom.eircom.nethttp://www.o2online.ie