Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL) is a 50/50 joint venture company owned by 3 UK and T-Mobile (UK). MBNL was formed following the ground breaking network consolidation agreement that was completed on the 18th December 2007. MBNL manages and delivers the combined 3G access networks of the two companies.
This collaboration will lead to almost complete population coverage for 3G services across Britain by the end of 2008 with significant improvement to dense urban in-building coverage in 2009. 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 5000 radio base station sites. By combining their 3G access networks (the mobile masts and infrastructure that connects to each operator's separate core network) T-Mobile and 3 UK will create Europe's most extensive high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) network. The agreement offers customers comprehensive mobile coverage in the first stage of joint development in 2008 and further improvements to quality of service in 2009. It furthers both companies' joint commitment to deliver true mobile broadband internet access in addition to reliable voice and text services