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Vodafone to use Refer’s fibre optic cable network

Vodafone has signed an agreement allowing it to use over 1500 kilometres of Refer Telecom’s fibre optic cable network for a period of 12 years, with an option to use future Refer Telecom network expansions. This mainly concerns the transmission network linking the switch centres.

Under the terms of the agreement, Vodafone will be able to use the fibre optic cable network leased by Refer Telecom for all the types of services for which it is, or may later be, authorised or licensed. The agreement will allow Vodafone to make significant cost savings in its forecast total network costs over the agreement term.

Refer Telecom has the right to operate the basic telecommunications support infrastructures that form part of the Portuguese rail network.