Dutch mobile operators T-Mobile NL and Tele2 NL have announced plans to share T-Mobile’s antennas located on rooftops or towers, although each will continue to install their own network equipment at each site. Under the plan, Tele2 NL – a recent winner of 4G mobile spectrum in the Netherlands – will be able to gain access to the majority of antenna sites on rooftops and towers in the country, in addition to its own sites there. In a press release, Tele2 NL’s Sweden-based parent group added that under the agreement both carriers will continue to roll out and operate their own frequencies and nationwide mobile communication network independently of each other. Moreover, Tele2 NL has reportedly extended the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement it has with T-Mobile for 2G and 3G services for a period of five years. The MVNO extension ensures that Tele2 NL customers will continue to receive high quality voice and data services while the carrier deploys its own 4G network. The site sharing agreement will also enable both T-Mobile and Tele2 to benefit from lower maintenance costs of the physical mobile network.
Gunther Vogelpoel, chief executive of Tele2 Netherlands, commented: ‘This is a milestone in our continued path to challenge the Dutch telecom market. We can now incorporate the access to the T-Mobile sites in the total rollout planning, which enables Tele2 to efficiently build a nationwide 4G-network.’ His thoughts were echoed by T-Mobile NL managing director Thomas Berlemann, who said: ‘We are very pleased with this renewed partnership. It underlines the continuing trust of Tele2 in our company as a reliable business partner with a future-proof nationwide network. This agreement will free up funding which we are able to reinvest to further differentiate ourselves from competition in customer services.’