Everything Everywhere looking to finalise network suppliers by end-2010

30 Sep 2010

UK-based Everything Everywhere (EE), the joint venture between mobile network operators Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, has said that it aims to confirm new network equipment suppliers by the end of the year, according to Light Reading. Further, the JV has also confirmed that Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology is a key criteria in its selection process, with Emin Gurdenli, EE’s vice president of networks, noting: ‘We will have taken the opportunity to make sure that LTE capability is already built in to any new equipment we buy, whether it’s for the purpose of 2G modernisation or 3G integration … LTE is on the roadmap.’ Part of a network integration programme which EE is putting in place will involve streamlining equipment supplier relationships and renegotiating terms with managed services providers, with the company hoping such actions will help contribute towards its aim of reducing operating costs by GBP466 million (USD737 million) per year by 2014; EE is also targeting a reduction of GBP200 million in capital expenditures over a five-year period.

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