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Vodafone UK, turns on RAN sharing, may rethink CityFibre deal

Vodafone continues to extend its UK roll-out of 5G, and it has announced its first implementation of RAN sharing, using the standardized MORAN (multi-operator RAN) approach. Although Vodafone and O2 have an extensive passive infrastructure sharing arrangement through their Cornerstone joint venture, they announced last year that they would also be moving to share active equipment, outside of congested areas like London, where they will take separate paths in order to meet the expected demand for 5G capacity. Active RAN sharing remains rare in most parts of the world – sometimes because regulators restrict it in order to maintain competition; sometimes because of operators’ own commercial sensitivities; and sometimes because it was not necessary until MNOs found themselves having to…

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