Colombian operators ETB, Tigo, UNE-EPM and Movistar have signed an agreement to jointly deploy and share 4G network infrastructure. The strategy targets the government’s 4G spectrum tender, which is scheduled for 26 June.
We think this is a good move. The four Colombian operators will not only save on capital expenditures by sharing the expense, they will also likely see higher ROI because of the fact that each operator will have lower network development costs. Regulators in other countries might not look as kindly upon this type of collaboration as do those in Colombia, but in countries where it is allowed – especially those that have a number of smaller operators – we think it makes sense, because lower capital expenditures will translate into greater profits.