3 increases lead in 3G coverage in the UK


3, the mobile media company, announced today that it now has 90% population coverage for its 3G services in the UK. 3 launched in the UK on 03/03/03 and has the best coverage for mobile entertainment and information services in the UK.

Working in partnership with Ericsson under their managed services agreement, 3 has undertaken one of the fastest network rollouts in European telecoms history. 3 and Ericsson have now integrated over 7,250 radio sites into the network ensuring that all the major towns and cities in the UK have 3G coverage.
Hitting 90% population coverage for 3G is another significant milestone in the successful managed services partnership announced in December 2005 between 3 and Ericsson in the UK. Under the agreement 3 retains ownership of the network and IT assets, as well as responsibility for the strategic direction of the network and IT infrastructure; Ericsson is responsible for the management, operation and performance of that network and IT infrastructure.
The X-Series from 3, launched in the UK in December 2006, marks the beginning of the internet via mobile broadband extending several of the core applications and uses of broadband internet to the mobile handset. 3’s marketing team was supported by Ericsson who provided consultancy, development and systems integration behind the X-Series. 3 and Ericsson are enabling HSDPA across the network. HSDPA delivers much higher data speeds and enables the new mobile broadband services.
David Cooper, CTO, 3 UK said, “We have the best network coverage in the UK. This means more people in the UK can access our high-speed mobile media and entertainment services than with any other network. Today is also an opportunity to celebrate the completion of our first year working in partnership with Ericsson. When we announced our managed services partnership at the end of 2005 we were the first network to take this innovative step. Over the last year we’ve proved a managed services partnership on that scale not only works, but delivers the best service both for 3 and our customers.”
Bradley Mead, Managing Director, Ericsson Services Limited, said, “The network roll-out is an important achievement in our relationship with 3 that I’m very proud of. Working together, the integration of 7,250 sites has been achieved with great cooperation; once again demonstrating Ericsson’s leadership position in Managed Services.”
In May 2006 3 announced it had entered into a new national roaming agreement in the UK. The 3 network provides coverage for voice, text and 3G mobile media services to 90% of the UK population and with the national roaming agreement, which has 99% coverage for voice and text services, 3 ensures customers enjoy national coverage for calls and texts


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Plusnet rewards customers after a decade of Internet service


Plusnet, the UK’s best value Internet Service Provider (ISP), today celebrates its 10th anniversary in the evolving Internet business. Plusnet, one of the UK’s first ISPs, has enjoyed a reputation for working closely with its customers in order to provide compelling and innovative Internet services. It has used the 10th anniversary to launch two new initiatives to create value for its customers.

The tenth-anniversary celebratory offers to customers include:

A new free set-up offer. Customers have all set-up charges for free if they stay for 12 months. Customers are still only obliged to sign up for a one-month contract but if they leave within the first 12 months they pay the standard costs for modem and activation.

The biggest ever reward for customers recommending Plusnet. Customers who recommend Plusnet to their friends and family in February or March will be entered in a draw for a VW Golf R32 sports car worth £30,000.

Finally Plusnet is also refunding ten years of subscription worth over £2,000 to its first customer from 1997, who is now a broadband customer.

Lee Strafford, Plusnet’s CEO, said: “We owe our success to the transparent relationship we have with our customers and the talent and work ethic of my co-workers. Plusnet grew out of a discerning and enthusiastic community using our discussion forums and self-service tools. In 10 years we’ve grown entirely through customer referral – with next to no advertising. We’ll keep doing what we’re good at – listening to our customers and building the future of broadband with them.”

Plusnet launched on 1st February 1997 under the brand Force9. The company has grown from just seven staff to employ of over 200 people and last year generated revenue of over £45m. Plusnet recently laid out its plans for 2007 including a range of services and improvements. New services will include BT Vision, BT Fusion and a Home Hub. The company was bought by BT in January 2007 and will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary.



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