Mobile network operators Vodafone and O2 have renewed an agreement with telecoms masts operator Arqiva on the sharing of mobile network infrastructure.
Arqiva will now deliver mast-related services for a further ten years to Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL), the company owned in partnership by Vodafone and Telefónica.
CTIL was established in 2012 to consolidate the two operators' mobile network infrastructure into a single grid network. Following the company formation, Vodafone and O2 transferred their existing sites to the new business to achieve operating efficiencies.
‘The vast network of Arqiva’s sites across the UK is a core component of facilitating this consolidation for the mobile network operators,' said Malcolm Collins , managing director of CTIL.
'This particularly offers us the opportunity to get the right site, at the right location, which will assist in driving better coverage, capacity and network speeds across cities, towns and rural locations for Vodafone and Telefonica UK customers.’
Nicolas Ott, managing director of telecoms at Arqiva, added that the deal will help with the rollout of new 4G services.
'Working in partnership with CTIL, we are supporting the provision of the core footprint for the future of 4G in the UK,' he said.
'As 4G continues its rapid uptake allowing consumers to enjoy a richer array of content on mobile devices, it is imperative that the infrastructure is in place to support this growth.'