SFR and Bouygues to vote on network sharing deal

French operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom are close to finalising talks to share their mobile networks. Both respective boards are expected to vote on the agreement on 31 January.

The deal, for which talks began in July last year, is intended to reduce costs for both companies.

Since joining the market two years ago, low-cost French operator Iliad has been leading a price war in the French market.

European competition regulators have opposed further consolidation in the sectorin recent years, but appear to be open to network sharing as a way for operators to reduce costs.

The two operators will reportedly launch a new bidding process for their network equipment and rationalise their existing contracts.