MBNL has launched more than 12,000 3G sites for T-Mobile and Three, the network joint venture between Three and Everything Everywhere announced this week.
The 3G sites, transmitters, base station equipment and backhaul connected to the operator’s core networks are now fully configured for high-speed mobile broadband access.
Work has included the switching off of more than 5,000 sites – more than 2,000 of which have already been fully decommissioned.
MBNL boss Graham Payne said: ‘This was an exciting, challenging and ultimately hugely rewarding project for the team at MBNL. My thanks to all who have worked so hard to deliver this fantastic network – special thanks go to our key partners, who are rightly proud of their roles in this project.’
Ericsson was the primary service provider for the project and was responsible for network design and deployment, the acquisition and building of sites, capacity management, equipment swaps and vital upgrades.
The project also saw the essential input of Nokia Siemens Networks, MBNL’s sole 3G equipment supplier, who provided the entire site installation work, third line operational support services and provision of spare parts and upgrades.
BT Wholesale provided the Ethernet backhaul to support delivery of mobile voice and data traffic to thousands of cell sites across the country.
Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, is MBNL’s strategic cell site partner and has provided 5,100 sites to the consolidation project.
Three CEO Kevin Russell said: ‘There were a lot of people back in 2007 who said a network share of this scale could not happen. We’ve proved an awful lot of people wrong. There’s an exciting period coming up for Three and the MBNL network is going to get bigger and it’s going to get better.’
Emin Gurdenli, Everything Everywhere’s VP of network services, said: ‘Network coverage and capacity is vital in providing a great customer experience so the success of MBNL in delivering 12,000 3G sites is great news for T-Mobile customers. The integration of a large number of former Orange cell sites into the network will also provide enhanced capacity and coverage to all of our customers.’