Vodafone and Telefonica Agree to Share Networks
Two of Europe's largest wireless network operators, Vodafone and Telefonica, have agreed to share their wireless networks in a handful of countries. The two companies believe by sharing network assets, they can reduce operating costs, reduce the environmental impact (fewer new towers), while still maintaining high levels of service for customers in those regions. The agreement also provides for the two companies to invest in new towers together when appropriate. The program includes sharing both 2G and 3G assets, and is set to last for the next 10 years.
Sprint to Sell Certain Network Assets for $2.2 Billion
Sprint has agreed to sell select network assets to a company called Network LeaseCo and then lease back those assets for an unspecified sum. The move is meant to boost Sprint's cash position and will eventually add $2.2 billion to the company's coffers.
AT&T and Verizon Will Work Together On Future Cell Towers
AT&T and Verizon have tapped Tillman Infrastructure to build hundreds of small cell towers around the country. Tillman already builds, owns, and operates a series of towers and small cells.
European Union to Ban Roaming Charges
The European Commission today agreed to make cellphone roaming charges illegal beginning in 2017. The change in law means European wireless network operators will not be allowed to charge roaming fees for customers who travel across the 28-country continent.
Court: FCC Allowed to Manage Tower Siting Process
An appeals court sided with the FCC recently in a decision that upholds the agency's authority to accelerate the process of gaining local approval for cell towers. The U.S.
FCC Fines Sprint for Building Cell Sites without Proper Review
The FCC today said it has reached a settlement with Sprint and Sprint's partner Mobilitie regarding the improper completion of cell tower sites. The FCC says the companies failed to complete the proper tower registration and environmental and historic impact reviews before building some cell sites.