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T-Mobile and Three Sign Mobile Broadband Capacity Deal

Posted: 06th Oct, 2008 By: MarkJ
Joint UK mobile operators T-Mobile and Three (3) have signed an important five year Mobile Broadband capacity deal with BT Wholesale. The contract, which will improve backhaul capacity by linking base stations with faster land-line connections, is worth several hundred million pounds:

Emin Gurdenli, technology director at T-Mobile UK, told the Financial Times: "This agreement with BT will make sure backhaul [the backbone connections of the network] 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."

Both O2 and Vodafone have already signed similar deals with BT Wholesale earlier in the year, which is expected to help prop up Mobile Broadband growth for awhile. Orange UK is now the only major mobile operator not to have signed a similar agreement with BT.

Meanwhile T-Mobile and Three (3) recently confirmed that their new network sharing deal would result in 5,000 unnecessary cell sites being decommissioned around the country. Many believe that the close ties between the two will one day result in a merger.
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