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Bouygues Telecom and SFR conclude a strategic agreement to share a part of their mobile access networks
Bouygues Telecom and SFR have just signed an agreement to share a part of their mobile access networks, following a period of negotiations that started in July 2013.
This agreement will enable both operators to provide their respective customers better coverage outside and inside buildings as well as better quality of service by optimising their shared network coverage.
Accordingly, Bouygues Telecom and SFR are to roll out a new, shared network in an area covering 57% of the French population (France excluding its 32 biggest urban areas of more than 200,000 inhabitants and blind spots). The agreement will enable the two operators to improve their mobile coverage and generate significant savings.
There are two parts to this agreement:
- on the one hand, the companies will create a dedicated joint venture to manage the shared base station assets;
- on the other, they will enter into a RAN-sharing agreement covering 2G, 3G and 4G services in the shared area mentioned above.
Each operator will retain its own innovation capacity, as well as complete commercial and pricing independence, and will carry on offering distinctive services thanks to continued control over their network backbone and frequencies.
This agreement between Bouygues Telecom and SFR to share a part of their mobile networks is along the lines of many other similar arrangements already existing in other European countries.
It will take effect upon signature and the shared network is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
This agreement, which is based on mutual trust between the two operators, is designed to enable both Bouygues Telecom and SFR to meet the twin challenges of surging demand for mobile Internet services and of investing in very-high-speed networks.