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O2 & BT Sign Five-Year Mobile Broadband Improvements Deal

Posted: 13th May, 2008 By: MarkJ
Having already signed a deal with BT to improve the coverage of its land-line broadband services (news), O2 has now extended its partnership with BT to offer further enhancements for its wireless 'Mobile Broadband' (3G HSPA) services.

Under a new five year agreement, BT Wholesale will provide and manage high speed connectivity between the majority of O2’s base stations and its core national network in the UK:

Nigel Purdy, Head of Networks Engineering, O2 UK said: “In working in partnership with BT Wholesale, we have a solution that takes care of our growing access and bandwidth needs while enabling us to realise greater cost efficiencies. It allows O2 customers to experience a better mobile broadband experience and significantly reduces our access transmission whole life cycle costs.”

Sally Davis, chief executive of BT Wholesale, said: “Communications providers want to secure revenue growth from new services without risking upfront capital and operational investments.

Consumers are increasingly using mobile devices to access and send data such as photos, video, gaming and high speed web browsing. These bandwidth-hungry applications put considerable strain on backhaul networks. BT is able to design, tailor and manage the access network and cater to the demands that O2’s customers are increasingly putting on the network.
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