The contract will see Ericsson modernising T-Mobile’s infrastructure, field operations and multi-vendor spare parts management, cutting operational expenses in the process. T-Mobile will also transfer around 190 staff to Ericsson as part of the deal.
The agreement represents an extension of the relationship between T-Mobile and Ericsson, which is also the operator’s 3G core transformation partner. In August, Ericsson also signed a deal with T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom to manage the maintenance of the operator’s German microwave network.
T-Mobile UK networks director Emin Gürdenli said: "Ericsson is a long-term and trusted partner and we are very pleased to extend this relationship. This is an important step in the evolution of our network strategy, which underpins T-Mobile’s commitment to provide a superior service experience for our 17 million customers in the UK."