MBNL Backhauls With BT

T-Mobile and 3 select BT's 21st Century Network for 3G network services

October 6, 2008

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LONDON -- T-Mobile and 3 UK, through their joint venture company, Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL), have signed a five-year managed network solutions agreement with BT to provide high-speed, next-generation links connecting 7,500 base station sites on their consolidated 3G infrastructure. The network services contract supersedes the original contracts that BT had in place with both T-Mobile and 3 UK.

T-Mobile and 3 formed their infrastructure sharing agreement in January 2008. The network consolidation agreement is significantly increasing both operators’ 3G network quality and coverage, accelerating the provision of new high-speed mobile broadband services and will deliver substantial cost savings as well as environmental benefits.

BT’s next-generation Ethernet service is currently being rolled out to the widest national footprint in the UK market. With flexible, high-speed bandwidth, the service will deliver improved access and backhaul service delivery to MBNL. It is the latest new service to launch on BT’s 21CN global platform, which extends to 170 countries worldwide. The migration of the common backhaul network to Ethernet technology will follow BT’s roll-out programme. In the shorter term, BT will continue to upgrade the legacy leased line connections.

Emin Gurdenli, Technology Director at T-Mobile UK, said: “We are now moving ahead with the large scale consolidation of cell sites with the objective of achieving scale and integrating quickly and smoothly. This agreement with BT will make sure backhaul is not a constraint now or in the future at a time when T-Mobile is experiencing strong growth in mobile broadband and other mobile data services. It will help ensure we continue to deliver a superior mobile broadband experience to our customers.”

T-Mobile (UK)

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