Vodafone Limited’s UK Network-sharing Arrangements With O2 Telefónica UK Limited

Slaughter and May has advised Vodafone Limited in connection with its UK network-sharing arrangements with O2 Telefónica UK Limited.

Vodafone and O2 have agreed to share 5G active equipment, such as radio antennas, on joint network sites across the UK. Vodafone and O2 have also agreed to greater 5G network autonomy in 23 of the UK’s larger cities (in addition to London), giving both parties more flexibility to meet the needs of their customers and to deploy future network technologies. These arrangements build upon Vodafone’s and O2’s existing network-sharing arrangements, on which Slaughter and May has previously advised.

Vodafone Limited provides mobile telecommunication services. The Company offers cellular telephone plans and services such as multimedia messaging, data, roaming, and voicemail. Vodafone serves clients worldwide.

O2 Telefónica UK Limited operates as a mobile network operator.

Slaughter and May worked closely with Andy Yorston, Head of Legal at Vodafone UK, with a team composed of Partner Victoria MacDuff (Picture), Richard Hilton (associate), Louisa Mulquiney (associate), Simon Tysoe (associate), Inder Dhaliwal (associate), Laura Monaghan (trainee), Richard Dodding (trainee), Sophie Winton (trainee), Competition Partner Claire Jeffs, Naomi Burgoyne (associate) and Maija Uibo (associate).

Involved fees earner: Naomi Burgoyne – Slaughter and May; Inder Dhaliwal – Slaughter and May; Richard Hilton – Slaughter and May; Claire Jeffs – Slaughter and May; Victoria MacDuff – Slaughter and May; Louisa Mulquiney – Slaughter and May; Simon Tysoe – Slaughter and May; Maija Uibo – Slaughter and May;

Law Firms: Slaughter and May;

Clients: Vodafone Group;