10/2/2008 3:07:00 PM
T-Mobile set to cull 5,000 masts in fresh share deal
T-Mobile expects to decommission 5,000 cell sites as its network-share programme with 3 starts picking up momentum.
Both networks are removing transmitters as they begin to share resources. It is believed that a small amount of new sites will be built as they take 3G into areas where there hadn’t been coverage before.
The networks claim to have the best 3G network in the country, and that they will have 98% of the population covered – a potent advantage over the bigger three networks. Vodafone and Orange’s network share ambitions stalled after the two failed to agree on the value of each other’s infrastructure assets.