BT Wins 4G Backhaul Contract from O2 UK
Published on: 29th Apr 2013
UK based landline network British Telecom (BT) has signed a new ten year deal with Telefonica UK to support the introduction of 4G services for O2 customers.
Under the terms of the deal, BT will build a new high capacity transmission network .
BT will also provide O2 with a sizeable increase in backhaul capacity by providing mobile backhaul links between its mobile base stations and the new transmission network. Furthermore, the new transmission network will help O2 migrate from legacy TDM to Ethernet based IP services.
Adrian Di Meo, Chief Technology Officer, O2 UK, said: "With the UK's 4G spectrum auction complete, UK mobile data traffic is set to grow by more than 400 per cent by 2016. This is a huge opportunity for us, as well as a technical challenge. But through our partnership with BT Wholesale, customers of O2 will be backed by a high-performance mobile internet network which we believe will release the potential of 4G services and result in unrivalled mobile phone and internet browsing experiences."
Financial terms were not disclosed.