MOBILE NETWORK OPERATOR Three has hired Samsung to supply Long Term Evolution (LTE) infrastructure equipment on its network.
Following Ofcom's decision to let Everything Everywhere reuse spectrum for LTE services from next month, rival network Three has been scrambling to get its infrastructure ready for next year when it is expected that Vodafone, O2 and Three will launch LTE services. Now Three has revealed that it has picked Samsung to provide equipment for its LTE infrastructure.
Samsung will supply Three with equipment for the operator's radio access network and the core network infrastructure. This means that Samsung will deploy LTE base stations and supply the plumbing in order to service those base stations.
Dave Dyson, CEO of Three UK said, "Three's customers will start benefitting from this investment in our core network early next year and those benefits will grow further as we deploy new spectrum. Samsung's advanced network technology will help us to continue to deliver the most enjoyable smartphone experience. In Samsung's home market operators are busy turning off 2G. In the UK Three is the only operator without a 2G network which means more and more consumers are choosing the network built for the internet."
Three confirmed that the deal with Samsung is part of an LTE trial that it will fully deploy and offer to punters in 2013. While Three is busy deploying hardware for its LTE network, it is now certain that Everything Everywhere will be the first to offer LTE services, and if Apple decides to support LTE in its upcoming Iphone 5 then the firm could make a packet before its rivals get a bite of Apple. µ