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Everything Everywhere and Three set to scale with Virgin Media Business

Mobile Broadband Network signs a £100 million plus contract to provide even higher speeds for its customers

Customers of Everything Everywhere and Three are set to benefit from super-fast access to mobile data on the move. Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL[1]) is to be the first company to roll out Virgin Media Business’ seamless Sync-E solution. The deployment will enable MBNL to support the explosion in data traffic and lay the foundations for a transition towards 4G. Customers of Everything Everywhere and Three will benefit from an unrivalled mobile experience and reap the true potential of existing 3G services. MBNL Ltd has signed a £100 million plus, eight year contract with Virgin Media Business.

Virgin Media Business will build 14 regional aggregation networks across the UK to enhance MBNL’s bandwidth capacity. The high performance network will give consumers an even better mobile experience allowing them to push their 3G enabled functionalities from video calling through to mobile TV to the limits.

The ground breaking technology is set to be the UK’s only synchronous Ethernet mobile backhaul service. The first phase of deployment will see MBNL harness the power of the 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet service, ensuring that mobile data users will have continuous access to the high bandwidth network. Everything Everywhere and Three will benefit from the increased capacity, enabling them to better transport the huge amounts of data that their combined 35.2 million customers consume when accessing social networking sites, mobile video, mobile music, the mobile internet and applications.

With mobile data traffic set to increase by 33 times over the next decade[2], all mobile operators are under increasing pressure to deal with the surge in mobile data. The mobile backhaul network will unlock capacity for the future and ensure that whether a user is purchasing several albums at a time, streaming HD video or downloading applications built using augmented reality technology that the experience will be seamless.

Neil Berkett, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Media, said: “People no longer expect to simply make calls from their mobile phone. Being connected all the time to social networks, the internet and their favourite apps is very much a basic expectation which operators need to deliver on. Investing now means they’ll be able to deal with the escalating data demands of today and tomorrow.”

Graham Payne, Managing Director, MBNL, said: “Mobile data and the increase in smartphone usage is a big growth opportunity for us. Connecting our end users to the online world, from any location and from any device is at the heart of what we do. Working together with Virgin Media Business, the first company in the market to offer this synchronous Gigabit Ethernet service, we will be able to scale for future demand.”

Mark Heraghty, Managing Director at Virgin Media Business said: “The mobile sector represents a compelling commercial opportunity for our business. As the only company with a nationwide fibre optic network, we can leverage that asset for all mobile network operators in the UK. This is just the beginning of our deployment and as we roll out this mobile backhaul proposition, operators will increasingly look to us as the best solution for handling the exponential growth of mobile data.”

[1] Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL) is the network sharing joint venture between Everything Everywhere and Hutchison 3G UK (H3G UK).

[2] UMTS Forum: “Mobile traffic forecasts 2010-2020”,

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About MBNL

Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL) is a 50/50 joint venture company owned by Three and Everything Everywhere. MBNL was formed following the ground breaking network consolidation agreement between Three and T-Mobile UK that wascompleted on the 18th December 2007. MBNL manages and delivers the combined 3G access networks of the two companies. This collaboration has led to almost complete population coverage for 3G services across Britain and will deliver further improvements in coverage over the next two to three years. As the world's largest known active 3G network consolidation agreement, this has significantly increased both operators' 3G network quality and coverage, accelerating the provision of new high-speed mobile broadband services and delivering substantial cost savings as well as environmental benefits by de-commissioning 5,000 radio base station sites.

About Virgin Media Business

Virgin Media Business has the UK’s only nationwide fibre optic network, carrying 35 per cent of all business broadband traffic. Already able to reach 85 per cent of businesses in the UK, Virgin Media Business has the ability to connect to all organisations. The largest business-to-business brand in the Virgin group, it prides itself on delivering innovative, high quality solutions that breakdown the barriers facing UK businesses today.

Staff are located at 40 offices across the country, meaning that Virgin Media Business really is closer to its customers. Organisations working with Virgin Media Business include London City Airport, Nottingham Building Society, Arqiva, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership and South West Water.

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