Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL), the network sharing joint venture between British cellcos Three UK and EE, has extended its network managed services contract with Swedish vendor Ericsson for two more years. In a press release regarding the matter it was noted that Ericsson has served as MBNL’s managed services provider since 2009 – with the current contract signed in 2015 – while an extension covering with an extension for central operations, network performance and optimisation, field services and multi-vendor spare parts management was signed in 2017. The latest contract extension covers ‘Design, Plan and Deploy’ projects from June 2018 until May 2020.
Commenting on the matter, Pat Coxen, Managing Director at MBNL, said: ‘The agreement to extend the Design, Plan and Deploy services contract with Ericsson, for a further two years, reflects the strength of the collaborative relationship between Ericsson and MBNL. This will continue the trend of collectively delivering great results and is a sign of true partnership.’ Meanwhile, Peter Laurin, Head of Business Area Managed Services at Ericsson, added: ‘This marks another significant milestone in our longstanding partnership with MBNL and our joint commitment to deliver superior network quality and performance to Three and EE consumers in the UK. We are delighted to continue our successful relationship and continue to evolve our managed services portfolio to deliver innovation and industry leading efficiencies through automation and analytics.’