Only weeks after announcing a major network-sharing deal with Telefónica in the U.K., Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has struck a similar deal in Ireland. Vodafone Ireland and 3 Ireland are forming a joint venture that will operate and manage site assets and backhaul networks at 2,000 locations, while the operators will continue to manage their own spectrum, radio access and network core assets. (See Vodafone & 3 to Share Irish Network and Vodafone, Telefónica Merge UK Networks.)
The European Commission has decided not to force incumbent operators to lower their copper line rental fees, believing such a move might throttle investments in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rollouts. The decision has, understandably, pleased national operators and enraged the region's competitive service providers. The EC's decision can be read in full here.
Telefónica's Digital unit is to use Apigee's API (application programming interface) management system to enhance the service provider's engagement with third-party developers, a process that is being managed by the Digital unit's BlueVia team. (See BlueVia Tackles the App Gap.)