A Vodafone spokesman tells Unstrung: "There is no pending announcement for any new deal to expand that arrangement with Orange. There is no expansion on the cards. There is nothing in the pipeline."
The Observer reported that Vodafone and Orange were about to enter into a new network sharing agreement in the U.K. The report said that the move would save Vodafone £1 billion (US$1.5 billion) per year.
An Orange spokesman emailed the following statement to us:
- Recent press stories on Vodafone and Orange entering into a new network sharing deal are wildly speculative. The suggested figure of £1 billion was not supplied by either party, neither is it recognised by Vodafone or Orange. Orange is not able to confirm the expected costs savings of the network share until the details of the rollout are completed.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung