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  1. Cornerstone is only site sharing, so if they have two sites close together, they will move say Vodafone equipment into the O2 cabin, they will not share networks. It is about saving cost for them and will not lead to better coverage than already exists. It will not lead to piggy backing either. The project is about reducing cost and not about improving customer service. I was until recently working in Vodafone on the Cornerstone project. I would put money on either O2 or Vodafone launching a take over of 3 within the next 6 months.
  2. They are doing this by putting equipment in existing T-mobile sites. The only problem with this is that the T-mobile customers in the area will see a halving of their capacity. 3 are doubling their network but at the expense of T-mobile customers and it will get much worse when they start combining T-mobile and Orange. Bad times ahead for customers of all three networks.
  3. Slow speeds could also be down to the MBNL project. 3 are putting kit into T-mobile cabins and in the worse case, you will see T-mobile capacity drop by two thirds.
  4. They do and they are regularly used in court.
  5. The frequency bands are what this is all about. Ofcom have stated that the use of each ban will not be fixed in the future. So Vodafone could use 900Mhz for UMTS or for that matter 1800Mhz. The most likely is that they will use 1800Mhz as a GSM network and then use 1800Mhz and 2100Mhz for 3g. On a side note, T-mobile are installing quite a few new 3g sites in the north and midlands.
  6. It seems that Ofcom would be happy for the UK to drop to 3 operators and 3 would be the likely next casualty. Either snapped up by O2 or Orange. 3 have been left in the position were they really have only one choice, a counter bid for T-mobile.
  7. No they won't, Vodafone will use it, that is what they are trying to buy T-mobile for, without the frequency, they would send their own network into congestion. Not much point then. 3 will continue to use their own bandwidth.
  8. The networks will be intergrated, they will probably lose some sites, but you will get coverage from the nearest T-mobile or Vodafone site. It may take time but it will all become one network. T-mobile will be no more. You will have either 900Mhz or 1800Mhz coverage and proSPAMly both, 900 will inprove indoor coverage. 3G will be the same, but the new combined Vodafone will have 3 whole frequencies and a smaller chunk. In all but large cities, Vodafone are only using one frequency, so with existing 3G equipment they could migrate T-mobiles 3G into there existing infrastructure, long term to use all three frequencies, they would need to fit new equipment. They could do the same with 2G. If it goes through you should see an improvement, but you will be a Vodafone customer, they won't keep the T-mobile brand.
  9. The end of T-mobile and big trouble for 3. People I know high up in Vodafone are confident that OFFCOM will approve the take over within the next week, but they will have to end the MBNL agreement with 3. As 3 have moved a good few of their sites into T-mobiles cabins and Vodafone will swap T-mobiles 3G network out to Ericsson equipment, 3 will have big problems. Vodafone will have around 45% of the UK market and this will probably lead to a 20% increase in bills and as such greater revenue for government, so I don't expect the deal to be blocked. The price is said to be around £3bn, a bargain.
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  11. I would say that would be typical. O2 have invested very little in the network over the past 2 years and are starting to drop behind. Capacity wise T-mobile have the highest. Vodafone are doing a very minor expansion at the moment and Orange are about to swap from Nokia to Ericsson equipment.
  12. I finished working on T-mobiles network about a month ago. It is possible that this will only be a short term situation until new equipment is fitted.
  13. Everything I have seen on the ground points to Three giving up their existing base stations and moving their equipment into the nearest T-mobile site or should I say sharing T-mobiles existing 3G equipment. But to remain seperate, they won't be merging, they are using seperate antennas and this is where the problem lies. Both 2g and 3g networks use recieve diversity to improve coverage and reduce noise, to do this, each cell uses two antennas, one to transmit and recieve and one to recieve only, the two recieve signal are the compared, the result is a better recieve signal, ie. from your phone. Now what they have done, rather than fit new antennas for Three to use, they have dumped recieve diversity and are using the second recieve antenna for Three. Noise is a bigger problem in 3G networks, especially phase noise. This cheap fix will have a detrimental effect on coverage and will lead to more dropped calls.
  14. Congestion at the base station can cause lost packets, but I would suspect the problem in T-mobiles network is more to do with capacity issue on the RNC and the core network. The RNC is the radio network controller and it controls the base station, these have a limited number of base stations they can control, get close to this number and you get lost packets. The core network connects the RNC's to the outside world, the PSTN system, other networks and the internet. If this isn't upgraded along with the base station side, it goes into congestion and you lose packets. T-mobile are a victim of their own sucess
  15. Not what I am seeing on the ground, sites a few hundred yards apart are being combined in the T-mobile cabin. Only problem is the kit is going in, but can't be put on air, because they are waiting on BT links.
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