Rob Crutchley, head of the O2 and Vodafone network share company Cornerstone, is leaving amid claims of discontent at the joint venture.
Crutchley, who had been at O2 for three years before spending the last 12 months building the Cornerstone team, will leave in three months’ time after handing in his notice in April.
The news follows claims that Vodafone had not been meeting its targets, which are understood to be 250 joint build sites per month for O2 to hit targets by the end of the year.
A source said: ‘Vodafone have to build O2 on to 250 sites
a month to hit their target but they are only hitting 130.’
As a result there is unrest in the O2 camp. The source added: ‘The Vodafone way of doing stuff has left O2 really disappointed. The O2 network is straining.
The focus was on building these extra sites.’O2 confirmed Crutchley was leaving Cornerstone but fiercely denied the claims over the build sites. The operator would not reveal figures but a spokeswoman said on behalf of O2 and Vodafone: ‘Cornerstone is currently exceeding its original targets and the rollout of hundreds of more shared sites is progressing well.
‘The overall view is we are above target and are really happy with the relationship. It is a strong relationship and this is the way forward.’
In April, the two companies had said Cornerstone was ‘over delivering’, with 300 more shared sites live since October 2009.
In October last year, Mobile revealed that Cornerstone was fully operational with over 100 sites live or under construction.
A replacement for Crutchley has not yet been found, but it has been suggested that O2’s Gary Stewart could take up the top Cornerstone role.
Crutchley, who reported to O2 chief technology officer Derek McManus and O2 CTO Jeni Mundy, has held a number of senior technology roles, having previously worked at Orange, 3 and Ericsson. It is not known if he has a job to go to.
O2 and Vodafone announced the deal to share network assets across Europe in March 2009.
It is expected to save ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ over the next 10 years.