Ericsson Wins Extension on UK Managed Services Contract

Ericsson has won an extension of its managed services contract from the UK based Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL), a joint venture company owned by two of the UK’s mobile networks, Three and EE (itself a merger of Orange and T-Mobile).

T-Mobile and 3 formed their infrastructure sharing agreement in January 2008 – with network integration and upgrades expected to be completed in 2010.

Ericsson originally won a 4-year contract from MBNL to manage the integration of both operators’ 3G radio access networks (RAN) in late 2008.

Ericsson will now provide MBNL with a fully managed end to end operations service that includes the network operations center, network performance and optimization, field support and maintenance, as well as multivendor spare parts management service for its 2G and 3G networks and EE and Three’s deployments of LTE technology.

The duration of the new contract was not disclosed.

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