Dutch mobile operators T-Mobile and Tele2 NL have signed a mobile site-sharing deal in the Netherlands, giving the latter assess to a significant number of T-Mobile’s antennas on buildings and towers to augment its own in-deployment network in the country. Telecompaper notes that under the agreement, the pair will continue to implement their own infrastructure rollout plans, and will continue to operate their own frequencies and nationwide services independently. The site-sharing deal will however, enable T-Mobile and Tele2 NL to reduce their ongoing maintenance costs for physical infrastructure, by allowing them to install their own network equipment at each site. The two firms have also extended their 2G and 3G mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement for a further five years, to ensure that Tele2 NL’s user base has continued coverage whilst it rolls out it Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Initial estimates suggest that the newcomer will require between 3,500-4,000 cell sites for its nationwide 4G network.
Last week, TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that Tele2 NL has selected Nokia Solutions & Networks (NSN) for the supply of Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment for its 4G deployment, while Huawei Technologies will provide core equipment and Mavenir Systems its IMS equipment. At the time the cellco said it has already begun building the network locations, and purchase orders with the vendors have been placed. Gunther Vogelpoel, EVP and CEO Tele2 Netherlands, commented: ‘The completed procurement, in combination with the recently announced site sharing and MVNO agreements, puts Tele2 in the right position to continue to challenge the players on the Dutch market. With this setting, we will roll out a very strong 4G network whilst being highly cost efficient.’