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Czech Networks Looking to Expand Infrastructure Sharing Agreement

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The Czech Republic networks, Telefonica O2 and T Mobile have started negotiations regarding the consolidation of their current 2G and 3G mobile networks.

The companies said that the new talks are building upon their existing 3G network sharing scheme, which both companies already implemented in 2011-2012.

"We have been sharing part of our 3G infrastructure with T-Mobile for more than two years now and thanks to this cooperation, we can provide a better quality of service as well as a better geographical reach to O2 customers. Based on this experience and on experience from other countries too, we see that network sharing is the key to offering a top quality network," said Luis Malvido, CEO of Telefónica Czech Republic.

"We plan to continue implementing our proven model - to divide the country in two regions, with each of them being served by one of the carriers," said Milan Vašina, CEO of T-Mobile Czech Republic. "This cooperation will bring better service for the customers, but we will also be able to phase out some of our less efficient antennae, thus achieving a positive impact on the environment," added Vašina.

Both sides intend to close the deal by the end of the year in order to begin implementing the sharing scheme in 2014.

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