4/19/2010 9:49:00 AM
T-Mobile and 3 on track to complete network share this year
T-Mobile and 3 are on course to complete their joint network infrastructure by the end of 2010, the networks said today (19 April).
The pair, which have already achieved 90% of outdoor population cover with their combined HSDPA 3G, will reach 98% coverage by the end of this year.
The network share is managed by a 50/50 joint venture, dubbed Mobile Broadband Network (MBNL).
MBNL, which was set up in December 2007, has already consolidated more than 7,000 sites out of a total of over 12,500 T-Mobile and 3 mast sites, due to be brought together by October 2010.
When completed, the integration program will also mean more than 3,000 redundant sites will have been switched off., the operators said.
To reinforce network capacity, MBNL has agreed a new contract worth more than £400m with Nokia Siemens Networks.
This will include the provision of 3G radio network infrastructure, mobile network planning, implementation, optimisation and maintenance. The provision of equipment and services is already underway.
Graham Payne, managing director of MBNL said: 'Smartphone and mobile laptop data traffic growth in the UK has been unprecedented, and every sign is it will continue growing fast.'