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Telecom and 3, cell phone sharing agreement

Optimization of coverage on the territory, savings in infrastructure and reduced environmental impact. Here are the advantages of an agreement signed between Telecom Italia and 3 Italia for the so-called 'co-siting', the sharing of access sites to the mobile radio network.

The pact, which renews and expands the contents of a previous contract, concerns both the existing sites and those that will be built in the future and the so-called 'passive' infrastructures will be at the center: poles, cables, electricity and air conditioning systems and other civil infrastructures, but not the electronic devices that allow mobile telephony services or related management services to be provided to their customers, which will be managed exclusively by each of the two operators for their respective networks.

Although this is not a real 'merger' of the sites, the agreement is important because, while maintaining ownership of its own infrastructures, each operator will host the partner's mobile radio stations with the aim of optimizing network coverage nationwide. Furthermore, with this agreement, the two companies implement the guidelines contained in the Electronic Communications Code in order to encourage a more efficient use of network infrastructures in urban and rural areas. As Vincenzo Novari, CEO of 3 Italia in a press release, the cost structure of the two companies and the environmental impact are improved. According to Stefano Pileri, Director of Technologies and Operations of Telecom Italia 'From the point of view of efficiency, it will be possible to significantly reduce the cost of leasing the sites, one of the major cost items in the mobile networks. Secondly, the progressive reduction in the number of antennas will have a positive environmental impact. "

The agreement has a duration of 3 years, renewable and fully operational will cover at least 2,000 sites, ensuring an optimization of investments, a 30% cost saving and a reduction in the development time of each operator's network.