MBNL is jointly owned by EE and Three, two of the UK’s leading and most innovative mobile operators. Established in 2007 as the industry’s first network-sharing joint venture, MBNL’s mission is to provide best-in-class mobile infrastructure services to EE and Three for serving their tens of millions of customers in the UK.

The experience of EE and Three’s customers is at the heart of everything we do. Using our expertise, we deliver award-winning network performance to enable EE and Three to provide differentiated and outstanding services and experiences for their customers, in the right place, at the right time and the right cost. As well as being the bedrock of this mission, MBNL’s infrastructure is also a vital part of the connectivity backbone that enables Digital Britain. Our extensive portfolio of infrastructure spans 2G, 3G, 4G, playing a key role in underpinning both EE and Three’s 5G networks since rollout commenced in 2019. By collaborating with a wide range of site providers, MBNL installs and operates mobile infrastructure at over 20,000 sites across the country.

MBNL takes pride in helping to build the UK’s digital future by bringing better mobile connectivity to every part of the country, especially in eliminating the digital divide between urban and rural areas. Driven by our mission, we strive to deliver excellence through our dynamic and passionate people, set industry-leading standards for service delivery, health and safety as well as security. We continuously enhance our capabilities and services so EE and Three can always offer their customers the best experiences amid rapid advances of technologies, evolving consumer needs, and changing business environment.

A little bit of history

2007

T-Mobile and Three join forces

T-Mobile and Three join forces

T-Mobile and Three join forces in a ground breaking network share agreement and create joint venture MBNL to deliver and operate shared 3G network.

2008

Management team and new HQ

Management team and new HQ

MBNL management team is formed and the HQ moves from Elstree Tower, London to offices in Amersham, Bucks

2010

Godiva Programme

Godiva Programme

MBNL hits major network integration milestone of 12,000 sites through Godiva programme

Orange/EE joins MBNL

Orange/EE joins MBNL

Following the earlier 2009 merger with T-Mobile, Orange joins MBNL network in 2010 under Everything Everywhere (now EE) and a new phase of integration begins

2012

4G

4G

UK’s first 4G network launched under newly re-branded EE in 11 cities

2013

Project Coventry

Project Coventry

EE and Three sign new network share agreement (Project Coventry) that sets out five year plan. MBNL focus shifts from integration to management. Three launch their own 4G service in 4 cities in December

2014

Ambitious Plans

Ambitious Plans

MBNL continue to focus on the mission with ambitious plans for 2014-2016. Circa 18k RAN sites and the network now carries 75% of UK mobile data traffic

2015

The MBNL Way

The MBNL Way

MBNL focuses on our people and process with the launch of the MBNL Way

2016

EE joins BT

EE joins BT

The telecoms landscape is changing. EE joins the BT group in Jan 2016

2017

10th Anniversary

10th Anniversary

MBNL celebrates its 10th year anniversary

2018

New HQ

New HQ

MBNL moves to brand new HQ in the heart of Reading

2019

5G

5G

EE launches UK’s first 5G network

2020

5G for Three

5G for Three

Three’s 5G service launched

Speed Up Britain

Speed Up Britain

“Speed Up Britain” campaign launched

MBNL evolves into a Service Based Organisation

MBNL evolves into a Service Based Organisation

MBNL embarks on transition towards a service based organisation

Our Leadership Team

Gervase King

Interim Managing Director

George Seabrook

Interim Finance Director

Juliette Wallace

Business Planning & Property Director

Keith Groombridge

Network Design, Planning and Deployment Director

Mike Corrigall

IT Director

Sally Sellers

Director of Health & Safety, Quality and People

Romny Gray

Legal Director

Charlie Etherington

Director of Deployment

Matt Clark

Commercial Director

Helen O’Neill

Business Transformation Lead