: Optus and Vodafone Australia today announced a heads of agreement
to share 3G network sites and radio infrastructure across Australia.
is Allen Lew, Managing Director, Optus Mobile quoted below.
Under the agreement,
Optus and Vodafone will work together to build and operate a joint
national 3G radio network infrastructure.
Hewitt, Acting CEO, Vodafone Australia said, “We have always
been a strong advocate of 3G network partnering. We are delighted
to be able to work with another operator with a strong commitment
to delivering a quality network.
together two extremely talented teams, we will be able to share resources
so we can roll out faster and deliver efficiencies to our business.”
Allen Lew, Managing
Director, Optus Mobile said, “The Radio Access Network represents
about two thirds of the total capital cost of a 3G network, so to
be able to share this cost with another company is beneficial.
will lower our 3G cost structure – but consumers will be the
have access to a robust and reliable network since it will tap into
the 3G expertise and success of Vodafone and Optus.”
Optus will draw
on SingTel’s regional presence and expertise and Vodafone will
draw on its global experience in rolling out 3G networks around the
world including Japan, the UK, Germany and Italy. This will ensure
that the 3G customer experience is first rate.
Although the two
companies will share 3G infrastructure, they will provide completely
separate customer services and continue to compete vigorously for
The two companies
expect to sign a long form agreement by late October 2004.
will be conditional upon necessary regulatory approvals.