Mobile Broadband Network Ltd. (MBNL) has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as technology partner for 3G network integration. MBNL is the 50:50 joint venture formed at the beginning of 2008 between 3 and T-Mobile UK to supervise the creation and operation of the joint network on behalf of both companies.
MBNL aims to offer almost complete population coverage by the end of 2009.
The network consolidation agreement was designed to increase both operators' 3G network quality and coverage, accelerate the provision of mobile broadband services, deliver cost savings and environmental benefits.
The first integrated cell site was commissioned in early February. Since then MBNL has concluded a pilot in the Leeds and Bradford area which validated the network consolidation technology will deliver the desired benefits.