The new agreement extends the agreement signed by the two companies in 2006 and renewed in 2016. The new conditions will lead to the sharing of networks of cities of 1,000 to 25,000 inhabitants in municipalities with less than 175,000 inhabitants. The agreement includes active elements for the 2G, 3G and 4G technologies of both companies. The expected number of sites shared will be 14,800. The active sharing initiative can be extended to the future deployment of 5G. As a result, more customers are taking advantage of 5G`s new features, such as 5G. B low latency and high speed; to achieve a more efficient provision. The initial network exchange agreement with Orange on national passive infrastructure and active infrastructure in small towns was signed in 2006 and renewed in 2012 and 2016. This new agreement builds on the strong relationship between companies and expands, importantly, the scope of the partnership to 5G. This will allow more customers to benefit from the new features of 5G – such as low latency.
B and significantly higher speeds – because the common network can be introduced faster and more efficiently. Vodafone Group is mobile in 25 countries, operates with mobile networks in 41 other countries and in 19 markets with fixed lines. As of June 30, 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 640 million mobile subscribers, 21 million fixed-speed customers and 14 million TV customers, including all of its customers in Vodafone`s joint ventures and associated businesses. For more information, see: www.vodafone.com. Nick Read, Vodafone CEO, said Vodafone was “obliged to provide the best gigabit networks. As we approach a 5G world, we have the opportunity to design networks with other operators who share our passion for quality and coverage. These network sharing agreements mean that we can provide our customers with better service, help us respond faster and more efficiently to coverage requirements, and also reduce the environmental impact of the industry. Overall, it would be wrong to see Tim/Vodafone cooperation as a fundamental change in the Commission`s approach. As the Commission itself points out, Italy is one of the least concentrated mobile phone markets in the EU (with five mobile network operators) and cooperation between the parties is subject to certain restrictions. Unfortunately, the Commission did not take the opportunity to clarify its position on the overall security authorities, beyond the usual emphasis, on the need to question the benefits of cooperation, with its effects on competition under `case-by-case` conditions.
However, the fact that cooperation only stops on rural areas and small ones In this context, it is interesting to note that the Commission will seek to maintain competition in densely populated areas, while in other areas, including rural areas, there is a greater lack of efficiency (in this context, it is interesting to recognise the recently announced – and promoted government – cooperation between the British MNOs for the development of a `common network`). Similarly, the fact that the Commission apparently prompted the parties to notify the transaction after initial hesitations shows that the Commission is deliberately pursuing this space. The operator said it has entered into commercial agreements with Samsung, Huawei, LG and Xiaomi to offer 5G smartphones as soon as commercially available.