Mobile Broadband Network Limited, the joint venture owned by Three UK and EE, has given Ericsson a five-year contract to manage its radio access network in the UK.
MBNL was originally formed in 2007 to provide Three and T-Mobile with better service by combining their 3G masts and associated infrastructure.
Tony Blinard of Keys2iPhone.com writes:
Not too long ago, iPhone enthusiasts rallied the White House with an online petition to legalize out-of-contract iPhone unlocking. The Obama administration cast its support that generated only a lukewarm response from the industry. Not surprising: the top three U.S. wireless carriers - Verizon, AT&T and Sprint - have relied on contracts to sell cell phones for over a decade. With Apple's introduction of iPhone - the most expensive smartphone in history - the carriers could then generate lucrative profit margins on each and every phone sold under contract. And to make sure the customers wouldn't 'jump ship', the carriers locked in all subsidized iPhones.
Quarterly results from EE show that 318,000 customers (2.3% of EE’s post-paid customer base) have signed up for the network’s 4G service in the first five months.
It says this means it’s on track to have more than one million 4G customers by the end of 2013.
Spring in the air
Mark Bridge writes:
The past few days have seen the arrival of two familiar seasons. Not only has the sun peeked its head from behind the clouds in an approximation of Spring but the mobile industry has been releasing its quarterly results.
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint about the T-Mobile ‘Full Monty’ mobile phone tariff.
The www.t-mobile.co.uk website claimed the ‘Full Monty’ tariff offered “unlimited internet” for £36 per month. However, a complaint to the ASA questioned the description of ‘unlimited’ because T-Mobile operated a traffic management policy.