Three and EE appoint Ericsson to manage shared network

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The five year contract will see Ericsson provide the operators with maintenance services and spare parts for their 2G, 3G and 4G networks

Three and EE have selected technology company Ericsson to manage and maintain its shared mobile network.

Ericsson will provide mobile broadband network limited (MBNL), the joint venture owner by Three and EE, with services which include a network operations centre, maintenance, as well as multivendor spare parts for 2G and 3G networks and both operators’ 4G roll out.

The contract is for five years.

MBNL managing director Graham Payne said: “Since the formation of MBNL in 2007 we have achieved a great deal by consolidating a complex network infrastructure to deliver the best network at lowest cost.

“Ericsson will deliver a further enhancement to the service levels we achieve, and drive continuous service improvement and innovation to further extend our lead in positive customer experience.”

Ericsson head of managed services Valter D’Avino said: “Together with MBNL we have covered new ground for managed services over the last four years and we are delighted to take this partnership into a new phase, supporting MBNL’s vision for the future.”

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