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O2 & Vodafone Plan To Share Networks

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It is fairly common consensus that the O2 and Vodafone networks have the best signal around the UK. So this could be killer...

According to the Guardian, both networks plan to play nice and pool their networks to create near blanket coverage across the country. The move would apparently see current Vodafone partner Orange move over to a sharing deal with existing playmates 3 and T-Mobile.
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The reasoning behind the plans is solid: Vodafone and Orange operate at different levels of the radio spectrum making their union baffling from day one and the new arrangement should improve reception for all while reducing the number of unsightly base stations around the country as the need for duplication is cut back.

Another potential benefit could also be price since all five of the UK's major telcos would be spread between just two networks decreasing MTRs (Mobile Termination Rates). On the other hand, the Competition Commission and Office of Fair Trading need to keep a close eye on things and ensure this isn't just another way for telcos to keep current prices and horde more profit.

Formalities are expected to spill out over the next month. Only then can we truly slap backs or wave fists. Fingers crossed it's the former...

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via The Guardian

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