Three has announced a multi-million pound deal with Virgin Media Business (VMB) to boost its back-end network to meet the expected demand for 4G services.
The five-year deal will see Virgin upgrade the network used to handle data services for Three’s customers by adding another 300Gb of capacity to its fixed network of 15 aggregation points and three data centre sites.
Three’s chief technical officer Bryn Jones said this would help future-proof its network against the expected increase in data consumption that 4G services will bring.
“Being able to browse the internet and stream videos instantly without buffering has become a minimum requirement for many customers when deciding on their provider,” he said.
“With the new high-capacity backhaul network from Virgin Media Business we are ready to welcome even more people to the Three family.”
The firms did not disclose the exact value of the deal, but sales director at VMB George Wareing said Three’s decision to sign the deal proved the value of high-capacity fibre backhaul in the digital age.
“Far from just making calls, now we want to do everything from browsing the web to streaming video. Being able to meet these demands and connect people to anything at any time is a challenge for today’s mobile operators,” he said.
“Three recognises this challenge and is doing all they can to safeguard its future services. Through our network, they can meet customer expectations and deliver a fast and consistent connection."
The deal is the latest signed by VMB over the past few months as firms start to invest in high-speed and high-capacity infrastructure. VMB signed an agreement with Vue Cinemas in the private sector last September, and has made PSN deals in the public sector, such as that seen in the West Midlands in November.
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