Gamma inks deal with Three UK for 4G service for businesses
Gamma, a UK-based business communications service provider (CSP), agreed a deal with Three UK to provide the primary radio access for a new mobile service it plans to launch in the first half of 2016.
The CSP said the business-focused mobile service will offer 4G access as standard on all tariffs, provide near real-time mediation and billing, and flexible data usage alerts. Gamma stated that those capabilities will position it to become a premier provider of converged fixed and mobile services to UK businesses.
Rob Davis, head of converged products at Gamma, said the new service will utilise a core mobile network the company acquired in 2014. "This gives us full control of the mobile service, in addition to the control we already have over our fixed voice and data network."
Gamma said its core mobile network utilises Ericsson software, and is able to support emerging technologies including voice over WiFi and VoLTE. Three UK will provide the radio access, and Gamma has also struck separate roaming agreements.
"With the ability to work with multiple large carriers coupled with the flexibility and care of being a channel-focused provider, we believe the new Gamma Mobile proposition gives our channel partners the best of both worlds," Davis explained, adding that the company views "this new service as a core component and the foundation for Gamma's converged offering moving forward".
The company promised that its new mobile service will offer its business customers the same level of ownership and control as its fixed-line services.
Three UK announced in October 2015 that the data rates on its 4G network would be boosted by up to 50 per cent thanks to the rollout of an additional 5 MHz of 1800 MHz spectrum. At the time, the operator cited figures from research company Enders Analysis that showed Three UK had carried 42 per cent of all UK mobile data traffic in the year to end-March 2015.
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