Monday, June 13, 2011

Telia and Telenor Enter Network Sharing Deal

Telia and Telenor announced a network infrastructure sharing deal in Denmark. The agreement is expected to result in lower cost for both operators and faster rollout of 4G.

"The decision to merge our network investments and network competencies is a real milestone. Together, we will create Denmark's best mobile network and thereby provide the best customer experience within smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband," say Søren Abildgaard, CEO, Telia, and Jon Erik Haug, CEO, Telenor.

The deal provides each carrier with access to the other's tower. The sharing covers the radio access network, i.e. the antennas, towers and transmission equipment that establish connections to mobile units. The partnership does not involve the two companies' core networks where their services are produced - the core networks will continue to be operated separately.

Telia and Telenor will continue as two independent providers. The companies will continue to compete aggressively for customers through different products, services and prices.

Telenor and Telia will report the establishment of the new joint network company to the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority.

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