Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced that its managed services agreement with MBNL, the joint venture between British mobile network operators Three UK and EE, has been renewed and expanded for a further three years. In a press release Ericsson disclosed that the updated deal is being expanded to include design, planning and deployment, while the vendor will continue to be responsible for delivery of central operations and transmission, network performance and optimisation, field services and multi-vendor spare parts management services.
With Ericsson saying it will adopt new ways of working when designing, planning and deploying MBNL’s radio access networks, it has claimed that as per the revised deals MBNL, EE and Three UK will be ‘better able to support coverage and capacity upgrades and new site activations for their respective customers’. Further, as Ericsson will now be responsible for deployment in addition to operations and maintenance, disruption caused by future upgrades will reportedly be minimised.
Pat Coxen, Managing Director at MBNL, said of the updated partnership with Ericsson: ‘With this new contract the customers of EE and Three UK will benefit from seamless coverage and capacity upgrades, and networks that are optimised and managed with minimal impact, coupled with price predictability.’