Ericsson has landed one of the largest ever mobile managed service contracts with 3UK, the leading 3G mobile phone company. Ericsson will manage all of 3UK's advanced mobile data network across the country.
Ericsson already have deals in place with 3 Italy and 3 Australia. The 3 Italy deal is worth $1.75-2.5bn. The 3UK deal is apparently larger.
This looks like a smart deal by both parties. As 3 grow internationally, passing the management of the network to a specialist such as Ericsson so that they can focus on services, applications, content and marketing may well be a sensible model for other mobile operators going forwards.