Showing posts with label Network Sharing. Show all posts
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Sunday, July 7, 2019

KDDI and Softbank agree on 5G network sharing in rural Japan

KDDI and SoftBank agreed to share their base station assets to jointly promote the rapid build-out of 5G networks in Japan's rural areas.

Specifically, the companies plan to set up a joint construction management company that would facilitate construction designs and manage construction work to efficiently utilize the base station assets of both companies. As a first step, both companies will establish a preparatory office, and starting this fall, conduct joint trials in Asahikawa City in Hokkaido, Narita City in Chiba Prefecture and Fukuyama City in Hiroshima Prefecture.

In addition to streamlining processes from design to construction management stages, the trials will be used to verify the effects of 5G network quality improvements and shortened construction periods in rural areas.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Vodafone and Telefónica UK expand network sharing deal to 5G

Vodafone and Telefónica UK agreed to extend their existing network sharing partnership to include 5G at joint radio network sites and to upgrade their optical transmission networks.

The carriers said the expanded partnership will enable them to deploy 5G faster, to offer 5G services to more customers over a wider geographic area, and to do so at a lower cost. However, the companies plan to extend greater network autonomy in a number of larger cities by deploying their own separate radio equipment on approximately 2,500 sites, which represents around 15% of sites outside London.

In addition, Vodafone and O2 further intend to devolve additional activities to CTIL, the 50:50 owned joint venture company that owns and manages the parties’ passive tower infrastructure. This will empower CTIL to take an enhanced role in the operation of the passive infrastructure, in order to improve the efficiency of its operations and pursue opportunities to add further third party tenants to the towers. In that context, the parties will explore a potential monetisation of CTIL after the new arrangements have been finalised.

Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK, said: “We believe that these plans will generate significant benefits for our business and our customers as we move into the digital era of connected devices, appliances and systems on a mass scale. Customers will benefit from the best 5G experience available and we will deliver even faster speeds by using our spectrum holding more effectively.”

Mark Evans, CEO, Telefónica UK, said: “I’m excited by the potential of these plans to meet the future needs of our customers while delivering value for our business.  In addition, these plans would allow us to utilise the spectrum we acquired in the last auction very effectively.”  

Monday, October 8, 2018

Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland reach fiber deal

Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland announced a network sharing deal under which at least 5,000 Telefónica Deutschland mobile base stations will be connected via Deutsche Telekom's fiber-optic network in the long term.

Deutsche Telekom said the commitment enables its to dedicate more resources to its own network expansion. T

Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland concluded their first mobile backhaul contract in 2011.

"This agreement is an important step toward ensuring the future viability of Germany's mobile communications infrastructure," said Dirk Wössner, Managing Director of Telekom Deutschland, on the occasion of the signing. "Everyone will win from this cooperation, because Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica can both capture synergies. The resources that we save will be dedicated directly to our own network upgrades and the development of 5G. Deutsche Telekom is building and operating the largest fiber-optic network in Germany by far. We are very pleased that we will now be utilizing our infrastructure together with Telefónica – because it will benefit Germany and millions of people." The cooperation also shows that telecommunications providers seek to cooperate without regulatory intervention, said Wössner.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

MBNL extends managed services contract with Ericsson

Ericsson won a two-year network managed services contract extension from MBNL, the network-sharing joint venture between UK mobile operators Three and EE.

Ericsson has been MBNL’s managed services provider since 2009. The new extension covers Design, Plan and Deploy projects from June 2018 until May 2020.

Pat Coxen, Managing Director at MBNL, says: “The agreement to extend the Design, Plan and Deploy services contract with Ericsson, for a further two years, reflects the strength of the collaborative relationship between Ericsson and MBNL. This will continue the trend of collectively delivering great results and is a sign of true partnership. We look forward to continuing the great work with Ericsson in order to meet the demanding buisiness objectives of MBNL and its Shareholders.”

Monday, July 30, 2018

Altice to sell its towers in the Dominican Republic

Altice Europe will sell off its communications tower business in the Dominican Republic to Phoenix Tower International, a portfolio company of Blackstone, for US$170 million.

The deal covers 1,049 sites currently operated by Altice Dominicana.

In addition, Altice Dominicana will enter into a 20-year master agreement to lease back the facilities.

Altice forms tower infrastructure companies in France and Portugal

Altice Europe will sell off equity stakes in its tower infrastructure business in France an Portugal for EUR 2.5 billion in cash. The idea is to form two tower companies offering passive infrastructure and equipment in France and Portugal. Services will be available to all mobile network operators. Altice France and PT Portugal will enter into 20-year master agreements with these new infrastructure companies.

Altice said the deal will help it to reduce debt. Here is an outline of the plan.

Altice France has entered into an exclusivity agreement with KKR for the sale of 49.99% of the equity in the to be formed tower company (“SFR TowerCo”) that will comprise the 10,198 sites currently operated by SFR. The envisaged transaction values SFR TowerCo at an enterprise value of €3.6 billion, representing a very attractive multiple of 18.0x 2017 pro forma EBITDA of €200 million. In addition, a build-to-suit agreement for 1,200 new sites between SFR and SFR TowerCo is expected to generate approximately €250 million in additional proceeds to SFR within the next 4 years.

PT Portugal has reached an agreement with a Consortium including Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and Horizon Equity Partners for the sale of 75% in the to be formed tower company (“Towers of Portugal” or “ToP”) that will comprise 2,961 sites currently operated by Altice Portugal. The transaction values Towers of Portugal at an enterprise value of €660 million, representing a highly attractive multiple of 18.9x 2017 pro forma EBITDA of €35 million. In addition, a build-to-suit agreement for 400 new sites between MEO and ToP is expected to generate approximately €60 million in additional proceeds to MEO within the next 4 years.  ToP’s portfolio of towers, strategically located throughout Portugal, represents the single largest tower portfolio in the country.

Altice founder Patrick Drahi said: “I am enthusiastic about creating new tower partnerships in France and Portugal. With KKR, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and Horizon Equity Partners, we have found long-term partners of the highest-quality who share our vision to invest in leading infrastructure and growth opportunities. We will create a leading European tower business, including the #1 in France. Both tower businesses will be uniquely positioned to grow as they provide increasingly important infrastructure services to operators in both markets. Simultaneously, these transactions underline our commitment to delever and proactively manage our balance sheet while highlighting the significant underlying value of Altice Europe’s business."

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Telefónica and Orange announce wholesale FTTH agreement

Telefónica and Orange announced a new commercial wholesale fiber agreement.

Under the arrangement, Orange will be able to access Telefonica’s FTTH network, representing an extension of the current 2016 agreement.

Telefónica and Orange reaffirmed their mutual commitment to a long-term wholesale relation in areas where Orange is not planning to deploy its own FTTH network. During next years, Orange will ensure wholesale revenues in all Telefonica’s footprint.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ALU Debuts G.fast Home CPE

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has today launched a new device for residential and business use that will allow operators to accelerate the deployment of ultra-broadband access in order to meet ever-growing demand for faster data speeds in homes and the workplace.

The Alcatel-Lucent G.fast residential gateway is a plug-and-play device that aims to eliminate the need for operators’ engineers to have to enter a customer’s premises to install.  The G.fast residential gateway also delivers concurrent dual-band WiFi to provide even greater signal strength and 1 Gbps data speeds, eliminating the need to run fiber into the home.

Highlights of Alcatel-Lucent’s G.fast residential gateway (7368 ISAM CPE):

  • Integrated reverse power will allow operators to reduce costs and complexity of large scale G.fast deployments.
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11ac/n on 5GHz and 802.11b/g/n on 2.4GHz) provides over 1 Gbps bandwidth, offering customers with the super-fast speeds they demand across all their connected devices.
  • Higher transmittting power of up to 1000 mW will deliver the same quality of service inside any room or outdoor area.
  • SuperSpeed USB3.0 support for home network access to shared content such as music, videos and photos.
  • The 7368 ISAM CPE can be deployed with VDSL2 networking today and upgraded later without having to switch out the device.
  • Fully integrated, plug-and-play device reduces time and cost of installation.
  • Compatible with Alcatel-Lucent G.fast DPUs, DSL line cards and G.fast standard-compliant DPUs.
  • Leveraging the same advanced home technology as the 7368 ISAM ONT G-240W-B residential gateway ONT, delivering the same experience to both PON and G.fast subscribers.


https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucent-introduces-gfast-home-networking-device-accelerate-deployment-ultra-broadband#sthash.RzlIJLdT.dpuf

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Leading Chinese Carriers Agree to Infrastructure Sharing

China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom reached a major agreement on sharing certain mobile network infrastructure.

The companies have formed a new company, China Communications Facilities Services, whose mission will be the construction, maintenance and operation of telecommunications towers.  The joint venture will also cover the construction, maintenance and operation of ancillary facilities including base station control rooms, power supplies and air conditioning, as well as interior distribution systems and the provision of outsourced base station equipment maintenance services.

The shareholding structure of China Communications Facilities Services Corporation Limited is as follows:

  • China Mobile - 40%
  • China Unicom - 30.1%
  • China Telecom - 29.9%

The companies are at a preliminary stage in discussing whether existing infrastructure should be contributed into the venture.

For its part, China Mobile said the network sharing deal would help reduce the industry's inefficiency and cost of building redundant towers and related telecommunications infrastructure. It will also help alleviate the difficult challenge of site selection for new towers in cities.

http://www.irasia.com/listco/hk/chinamobile/announcement/a127090-ew0941.pdf

From China Mobile's Annual Report issued in May 2014:


Monday, February 3, 2014

Bouygues and SFR Reach Network Sharing Agreement

Bouygues Telecom and SFR have signed a network sharing agreement.

The companies are to roll out a new, shared network in an area covering 57% of the French population (excluding the 32 biggest urban areas in France and certain blind spots). The new network of shared base stations is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Negotiations had been underway since July.

http://www.bouygues.com/
http://www.sfr.fr


  • Bouygues Telecom currently serves 11.1 million mobile and 1.9 million fixed broadband customers across France, which include more than 1.5 million business and corporate clients.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Telefónica Signs 3G Wholesale Deal with Nextel In Brazil And Mexico

Telefónica will provide wholesale 3G access to NII Holdings' Nextel subsidiaries in Brazil and Mexico.

The network sharing deal will provide nationwide voice and data coverage services in Brazil and Mexico for Nextel customers.

"The agreement allows both companies to capture the benefits derived from the optimization of infrastructure investment while maintaining the current market structure in both Brazil and Mexico," said Santiago Fernandez Valbuena, Chairman and CEO of Telefonica Latin America. "It is another example of Telefonica's effort to optimize resource usage, improve profitability of the businesses and increase financial flexibility."

"Our new agreements with Telefonica will enhance our service offerings by giving us the ability to provide our 3G customers in Brazil and Mexico with services in more areas in those markets," said Steve Shindler, NII Holdings' Chief Executive Officer. "Our access to Telefonica's networks under these agreements will also allow us to utilize Telefonica's networks as we continue to expand our own coverage footprint to provide our customers with service that meets their needs."

Telefónica said the agreements reached with Nextel are in line with its other recent announcements, such as the agreement signed with Millicom to deploy 4G-LTE networks in Colombia, the MVNO deals with Virgin Mobile in Mexico, Chile and Colombia and the agreement with lusacell for reciprocal use of wholesale services in Mexico that started in 2012.

http://www.telefonica.es
http://www.nii.com/

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tele2 and T-Mobile Announce Network Sharing in the Netherlands

Tele2 AB and T-Mobile Netherlands announced a network sharing agreement that provides Tele2 Netherlands with access to T-Mobile’s sites.

The deal gives Tele2 Netherlands access to the majority of antenna sites on rooftops and towers, in addition to its own sites in the Netherlands. Both operators will however roll out and operate their own frequencies and nationwide mobile communication network independently. Both T-Mobile and Tele2 will be installing their own network equipment at each site, but will share the antennas on rooftops or towers and the installment of other non-intelligent hardware.  In addition, Tele2 has extended the MVNO agreement for 2G and 3G with T-Mobile Netherlands for a period of 5 years.

The companies said the agreement ensures lower maintenance costs of the physical mobile network. The extended MVNO agreement ensures continued use of voice and data services for Tele2’s customers. It also serves as a fallback solution after the completion of Tele2’s own 4G network roll-out.

Günther Vogelpoel, CEO Tele2 Netherlands, commented: “This is a milestone in our continued path to challenge the Dutch telecom market. We can now incorporate the access to the T-Mobile sites in the total roll-out planning, which enables Tele2 to efficiently build a nationwide 4G-network.”

Thomas Berlemann, Managing Director T-Mobile Netherlands, commented: “We are very pleased with this renewed partnership. It underlines the continuing trust of Tele2 in our company as a reliable business partner with a future-proof nationwide network. This agreement will free up funding which we are able to reinvest to further differentiate ourselves from competition in customer services.”

http://www.tele2.com/

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Telefónica and Jazztel Announce FTTH Sharing Accord

Telefónica de España and Jazz Telecom (Jazztel) announced a network infrastructure sharing agreement covering fiber to the home (FTTH) projects in Spain.  The deal could have a potential reach of up to 3 million fiber end points across Spain.  The companies said the are open to other operators also joining the pact.

http://www.telefonica.com
http://www.jazztel.com

Monday, July 16, 2012

Malaysian Operators Agree to LTE Infrastructure Sharing


Maxis , Malaysia's leading integrated communications service provider, and REDtone, a broadband service provider, signed an infrastructure and spectrum sharing agreement.


The deal paves the way to faster LTE roll out across Malaysia. Both Maxis and REDtone are looking to launch their 4G LTE services early next year in selected areas of the Klang Valley, with other regions to follow closely thereafter.


Maxis Chief Executive Officer, Sandip Das said, “We have been at the forefront of promoting networks to be shared as we have recently commissioned active network sharing on 3G with U Mobile. Data networks are onerous and have to be built carefully. The demand for data is not disputed, but the inflection point is some time away. Sharing will get REDtone up and running quickly and also fetch adequate returns on our investments, besides conserving spends at a national industry level. We are looking to set a new benchmark in data service quality as this will help us design a more effective infrastructure."


"The network sharing and alliance agreement with Maxis is a significant development for REDtone as we build on our broadband business. It will help to address REDtone’s rollout obligation to cover 50% of the country’s population," said REDtone Managing Director Dato’ Wei Chuan Beng. “For REDtone to comply with the 50% rollout requirement, our capex would have been RM390 million as is stated in our detailed business plan (DBP). However, this has been mostly replaced by riding on Maxis’ existing infrastructure and leasing the necessary capacity from Maxis,” added Dato’ Wei.


Maxis noted that it has invested RM3.7 billion in capex in the past three years resulting in 95% 2G and 81% high speed 3G coverage of the population. Maxis now has 3,400 of its 5,200 3G sites enabled with 42Mbps capability, and has also built the capability for efficient LTE rollout.


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