Ericsson consolidates 10,000th site for MBNL

13 Sep 2010

Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced that it has now consolidated more than 10,000 shared mobile cell sites for Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL), the joint venture between British cellcos Hutchison 3G UK (H3G UK) and T-Mobile UK. Under the JV the two mobile operators are aiming to pare down their joint networks from a total of 18,000 2G and 3G sites to around 12,500 in total, with the duo saying that the project will increase coverage and capacity for both. Ericsson has a five-year managed services contract with MBNL under which it is responsible for network design, deployment, the acquisition and building of sites, capacity management, equipment swaps and upgrades to transmission facilities. The network consolidation project began in February 2009 and is scheduled for completion by 10 October 2010. Graham Payne, MBNL’s managing director, said of the JV’s aim: ‘When we decided to merge the T-Mobile and Three (H3G) networks we had clear targets as to efficiency gains, cost achievements, quality enhancement and extended coverage of mobile data services. This network consolidation and the benefits it brings make a real difference to mobile consumers, many of which for the first time now get access to the internet.’

United Kingdom, Ericsson, Hutchison 3G UK (Three UK), T-Mobile UK