Excuse me for being thick, but does this mean that:
- 2Degrees phones will now 'multi-operate' onto any/all Vodafone towers instead of 'roaming' on selected ones only; or
- Both Vodafone and 2Degrees phones will 'multi-operate' on each others' towers seamlessly; or
- Something different, I have misunderstood the whole thing
Yours in Confusion
On the new RCG (Rural Connectivity Group) towers, all 3 providers own a third of each site and use the same hardware eg. antenna, tower etc as the competitors. This is basically treated as a network provided tower by a handset and hands over seamlessly like any other tower on that network.
Someone correct me if I am wrong :)
From a technical perspective, all three MNO's share the spectrum 33%-33%-33%. Coverage is identical. Using the same radios, same baseband.
From a users perspective you would never know you are on an RCG site. The operation is seamless - handovers in and out happen the same way they do in their native networks.
It was a great idea for the three MNO's to combine their resources and work together to get mobile data and VoLTE coverage to hard to reach areas.