Vodafone and O2 move to cut consumer costs

Vodafone decides to link up with its arch rival
Vodafone decides to link up with its arch rival

Vodafone and Telefonica, O2's parent company, have officially announced plans to join forces across Europe in a bid to cut costs.

The two companies will share network infrastructure in Germany, Spain, Ireland and the UK, with a further possible alliance in the Czech Republic.

In sharing the cost, the companies are hoping to consolidate their existing sites and jointly build new ones, as well as delivering hundreds of millions of pounds in savings over the course of the deal, set to run for 10 years.


The two companies are also stating that the new move will help curtail the environmental impact of building new sites, although they have both stated that they will continue to manage traffic independently.

This would likely quash any rumours of an imminent merger between two of the biggest operators in the world, although given the financial climate it can't be ruled out in the coming years.

The collaboration will also mean a reduced number of masts being deployed throughout Europe while still improving coverage of 2G and 3G signal. The latter is particularly important as mobile broadband comes to the fore.

The two companies have also stated that "further areas of co-operation are actively being explored on a market by market basis, such as sharing of transmission infrastructure, among others."

We can just see the conversations now: "No, you have the new iPhone." "No, I insist, YOU have it..."

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.