Arqiva and Cornerstone Sign Ten Year Deal

Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company and Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL), the Vodafone and Telefónica UK partnership, have signed a ground-breaking site share contract. The ten-year agreement will see Arqiva provide support on network consolidation and 4G LTE deployment across the UK.

CTIL was formed in 2012 to create and manage a single grid network of telecommunication installations owned by both Vodafone and Telefónica UK. Malcolm Collins, the Managing Director of CTIL noted that, “the vast network of Arqiva’s sites across the UK is a core component of facilitating this consolidation for the mobile network operators. This particularly offers us the opportunity to get the right site, at the right location, which will assist in driving better coverage, capacity and network speeds across cities, towns and rural locations for Vodafone and Telefónica UK customers”

Nicolas Ott, Managing Director of Telecoms at Arqiva said: “working in partnership with CTIL we are supporting the provision of the core footprint for the future of 4G in the UK. As 4G continues its rapid uptake allowing consumers’ to enjoy a richer array of content on mobile devices, it is imperative that the infrastructure is in place to support this growth.”

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David Dungay

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