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T-Mobile and 3 announce deal

Mobile firms agree to share their 3G networks

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Mobile phone companies T-Mobile and 3 have announced a deal to combine their 3G networks in a bid to bring high-speed wireless broadband services to more parts of Britain.

The networks say their ‘ground-breaking collaboration’ will mean customers of either company in almost any part of Britain will be able to receive 3G services such as internet and TV access on a mobile phone by the end of 2008. All of Britain should be covered by the end of 2009.

T-Mobile and 3 estimate the tie-up will save them £2 billion over the next decade and will mean they can remove around 5,000 phone masts.

Both parties will retain responsibility for the delivery of services to their own customers.

Mobile broadband

T-Mobile UK Chief Executive Jim Hyde said: ‘From 2008, customers can expect to have access to high-speed 3G services in a greater number of locations than we can currently serve over our existing infrastructure. By collaborating with 3 UK, we can achieve this quicker and with greater economy – that’s a win-win in anyone’s language.’

The companies say that high-speed mobile broadband is set for rapid growth and that nationwide 3G coverage is essential to meet this growing demand.

Kevin Russell, Chief Executive Officer of 3 UK, said: ‘I am delighted that 3 is teaming-up with T-Mobile to deliver this major step forward for the UK mobile market. It is exciting to consider that within a short period of time wherever you can get 2G mobile coverage today you will be able to access the internet at broadband speeds from a 3G mobile device.’

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