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Orange warns regulators not to stymie its €1bn savings from RAN sharing

Orange Europe believes it can save €1bn in network capex and opex over 10 years through increased RAN sharing, and has warned regulators not to block such deals, or jeopardize the speed of 5G roll-out. However, the French-based operator is more cautious than some of its competitors about offloading, rather than just sharing, assets. As companies like Vodafone and Telecom Italia look to carve out their tower operations and potentially sell large stakes in them, Orange warns that this could be only a short term gain. Ramon Fernandez, CEO for finance and performance in Orange Europe, told investors that, following active RAN sharing deals in Spain with Vodafone, and Belgium with Proximus, “more announcements could follow”. Orange already shares significant…

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