22 February 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Telefónica has announced separate deals with Orange in Spain and Vodafone in Germany to share fibre infrastructure.
Telefónica said that it and Vodafone are planning to
accelerate the connection of their mobile base stations to
fibre cables. The two companies have agreed on a pilot project
to connect parts of their mobile locations to each
other’s high-speed backhaul broadband lines.
In Spain Telefónica has agreed a new wholesale deal for
Orange to access Telefonica’s fibre-to-the-home
This is an extension of a two-year-old deal that limited
Orange’s access to Telefónica fibre to
Telefónica and Orange said there was a long term
wholesale relationship in areas where Orange is not planning to
deploy its own FTTH network.
In Germany Telefónica said the deal with Vodafone "may
also serve as a building block to better prepare the mobile
networks for the future technology 5G".
Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Germany, said: "On the one
hand, we are driving home even more capacity to the Vodafone
network, which already delivers the highest peaks regarding
speed in the market. On the other hand, the project is another
possible building block in our 5G strategy for building the
network of tomorrow."
Markus Haas, chairman of the board of directors of
Telefónica Deutschland, said: "With joint forces, we are
able to drive the backhaul broadband connection necessary for
high-speed networks in mobile communications more quickly and
He also referred to the importance of the move for 5G
investment. "We are improving the network quality of
Telefónica Deutschland’s newly integrated
network while preparing our network for the future technology
5G," said Haas. "Our mobile network will thus form the optimal
foundation for our customers’ mobile