Vodafone and O2's New Deal Aims to Get 5G Rolled Out a Lot Faster

By Shabana Arif on at

Vodafone and O2 have decided to team up to get 5G out to the masses as quickly as possible by sharing some of their infrastructure with one another.

O2 has yet to launch its own 5G network, set to hit the "four corners of the UK" later this year, while Vodafone launched its 5G network at the start of the month, and has already expanded into additional cities.

"This agreement will enable us to roll-out 5G faster and more efficiently, benefiting customers while delivering value for our business. It also importantly allows us to utilise the spectrum we acquired in the last auction very effectively,” said O2 CEO, Mark Evans.

“Greater autonomy in major cities will allow us to accelerate deployment, and together with active network sharing, ensures that our customers will get super-fast 5G in even more places more quickly, using fewer masts,” added Vodafone UK CEO, Nick Jeffrey.

"We can boost capacity where our customers need it most so they can take full advantage of our new unlimited plans."

The network operators will continue to function separately, with their own customer data and equipment. The two already share come infrastructure as part of 2012's Cornerstone deal, so it's not the first time they've teamed up to save money and time. [TechRadar]