Vodafone and NOS will share fibre and mobile masts in Portugal as each looks to win over new customers.

The operators have agreed to share FTTH links to a total of 2.6 million homes and businesses, with each able to deploy separate commercial offerings using the other’s infrastructure.

The deal includes an unspecified mixture of existing fibre assets, upgrades and new deployments, as well as at least 200 existing mobile towers.

The towers will also shared by the operators, with each able to deploy radio equipment in the passive infrastructure.

NOS and Vodafone promised to launch the first commercial offerings based on shared FTTH infrastructure in 2018.

According to the FTTH Council’s most recent figures, 25.9 percent of Portuguese households have FTTH, ranking the country eighth in Europe.

NOS, which has 1.31 million broadband customers, plans to extend its footprint to over 4.4 million homes by the end of 2018.

Miguel Almeida, CEO of NOS, said: “This agreement represents a very important step in our commitment to Portugal and to the Portuguese people.

“With the expansion of our next generation fibre footprint and reinforcement of our mobile coverage, we will not only be fulfilling our commitment to invest and create conditions for Portuguese businesses to embrace the challenges of digital transformation, but we will also be providing Portuguese families with the best choice of commercial offers and service quality available.”

Vodafone currently passes 2.7 million premises in Portugal with FTTH and expects to reach a further 1.3 million through the deal. It has 553,000 broadband customers in the country.

Last month, the UK-based operator announced a €2 billion plan to boost its FTTH coverage in Germany.

The four-year investment plan aims to deliver 13.7 million new gigabit connections to German consumers and businesses.  

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