Everything Everywhere’s CEO Olaf Swantee has ordered an acceleration of its 3G network integration programme following the settlement of the operator’s legal dispute with network infrastructure company Arqiva.
The legal dispute had threatened to derail the operator’s 3G network integration into the MBNL 3G network shared by T-Mobile and Three. The case was brought by the operator’s network infrastructure partner Arqiva, which argued that the planned network integration of Orange and T-Mobile breached Arqiva’s existing infrastructure contract with the operator.
The settlement of the case was a key priority for Swantee, who made it clear on his arrival in September that he wanted Everything Everywhere’s network integration completed as soon as possible.
The accelerated rollout will see over 18,000 T-Mobile and Orange network masts integrated by Christmas, giving Everything Everywhere customers 3G access and seamless connectivity across the network. Customers are already able to roam on both networks for 2G services.
A source said: ‘Everything Everywhere is accelerating its 3G rollout now the court case has been settled. Olaf Swantee has the bit between his teeth on this one and is pushing hard for the programme to be completed as soon as possible.’ The source said the rollout should be completed by Christmas.
Everything Everywhere declined to comment on the pace of the programme but confirmed the case had been settled.
A spokesman said: ‘The settlement of the case was a primary focus point for Olaf. It means we can carry on our network integration and we have already kicked off our 3G rollout as a result.’