Three inks mobile backhaul deal with Virgin Media Business

7 Feb 2014

UK mobile network operator Hutchison 3G UK, which offers services under the Three banner, has inked an agreement with Virgin Media Business under which the latter will provide a high-capacity upgrade to the former’s mobile backhaul network. As per the five-year, multi-million pound deal, Virgin Media Business will upgrade Three’s backhaul services through its nationwide fibre optic network, with the cableco saying that the work will provide better connections between the Three’s 15 aggregation sites, which are already underpinned by Virgin Media Business via MBNL, the 50/50 network joint venture between Three and EE, and three core data centres across the UK.

Bryn Jones, Three’s chief technical officer, said: ‘Being able to browse the internet and stream videos instantly without buffering has become a minimum requirement for many customers when deciding on their provider … With the new high-capacity backhaul network from Virgin Media Business we are ready to welcome even more people to the Three family. Regardless of where they are, now all of our customers will receive the best possible experiences when using 4G.’

United Kingdom, Hutchison 3G UK (Three UK), Virgin Media