MVNO seeks injunction to prevent EE mast cull

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Mundio claims that the decommissioning of T-Mobile sites could lower service on its Vectone MVNO

MVNO Mundio is seeking a court injunction to stop Everything Everywhere (EE) from decommissioning T-Mobile mast sites, claiming this could lower service on its Vectone MVNO.

The interim injunction hearing will be heard in late April or early May to decide whether EE will be temporarily barred from decommissioning sites.

EE has been consolidating the Orange and T-Mobile masts and base stations where the two networks overlap.

Mundio is seeking to prevent EE from continuing the consolidation ahead of a full trial next March to determine who is liable for any service disruption, and whether EE will be held to “specific performance” guarantees the court could impose.

The merger between T-Mobile and Orange in June 2010 is meant to deliver a total of £3.5 billion in synergy savings across the company’s operations by 2014.

Mundio, which also runs Delight Mobile in the UK, claims  the consolidation has caused technical problems leading to some Vectone users receiving either poor or no network coverage.

Mundio’s customers are meant to be able to use the Orange network.

But the firm claims that since consolidation began in June 2011 integration with Orange has not worked as planned.

Mundio says further decommissioning of T-Mobile sites could damage its customer base and brand unless a way is found to ensure handover to the Orange network runs smoothly, and is rolled out to all its customers.

An EE spokesperson said: “EE launched an innovative network share initiative, which allows  Orange and T-Mobile customers, and our MVNO customers to access and roam across 2G and 3G.

“However, we cannot comment on the Mundio case as it is now a legal matter.”

In June last year, EE was being sued by network infrastructure firm Arqiva over its plans to allow T-Mobile and Orange customers to share networks.

They settled in October, allowing EE to complete the integration of the two networks.

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