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NSN Scoops UK Deal

2:30 PM -- The new 3G network sharing joint venture between T-Mobile (UK) and Three UK -- called Mobile Broadband Network Ltd. -- handed a network infrastructure and integration deal to Nokia Networks today. (See NSN Wins UK 3G Deal.)

In some ways the deal is not surprising because much of 3 and T-Mobile's networks already use NSN kit. Also, NSN's equipment is understood to have well implemented network sharing capabilities.

As part of the deal, 3 will replace all of its NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701) base stations, which are deployed in the south of England, with NSN equipment.

And Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) was expected to be a beneficiary of the network sharing joint venture in terms of managed services because the Swedish vendor already manages 3's network in the U.K. and some of T-Mobile's network. A 3 spokesman says that 3's relationship with Ericsson has not changed with the new infrastructure supply contract with Nokia Siemens. (See Ericsson Wins at T-Mobile UK, Ericsson Manages T-Mobile, T-Mobile to Bid for 3?, and 3 & T-Mobile Share 3G in the UK.)

But who knows, as T-Mobile and 3 work more closely together on their 3G networks, maybe the speculation about T-Mobile acquiring the U.K. 3G operator will eventually come true.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading

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