Rogers Communications and Videotron have signed an agreement which will see the two companies build and operate a shared LTE network in and around Quebec and Ottawa. The 20-year deal, which also includes the sharing of some existing infrastructure, is a cost-saving arrangement under which Rogers and Videotron will maintain their own products, services, billing systems and customer data. Over the first ten years, Videotron will pay Rogers CAD200 million (USD194 million), and Rogers will pay Videotron CAD93 million, based on the fair value of the services each is providing, reports Reuters. Rogers is also set to pay CAD180 million to acquire Videotron’s unused spectrum in the greater Toronto area that the cableco acquired in a 2008 auction, although this is subject to regulatory approval. Rival operators Telus and Bell Mobility have had shared network agreements for several years.
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