I guess Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC, news, filings) is making good money off these network outsourcing contracts, because they keep racking them up. This morning they added MBNL, the joint venture tasked by Everything Everywhere (EE these days) and Three UK to run their British wireless access network, to the list.
The five year contract covers the network operations centre, network performance and optimisation, field support and maintenance, as well as multivendor spare parts management for the 2G, 3G, and 4G networks of both Three and EE.
Given that EE of course was created from the merger of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK and itself has about a 33% market share, Ericsson is taking over the reins of much of the wireless network infrastructure in the UK. MBNL’s infrastructure reaches some 12,000 3G sites.