Sharing 3G Infrastructure -- and Pain

The German government has approved a proposal to allow telecoms to pool their costly resources. Much easier said than done

Mobile operators hoping to cut costs by sharing infrastructure for new third-generation (3G) wireless networks may soon end up sharing some headaches as well. A June 5 decision by the German telecom watchdog, RegTP, could add an entirely new level of complexity to a market already complicated enough -- technically as well as financially.

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