What goes on inside Orange UK's network management centre?

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Several NEC microwave radio indoor units

Source:  Copyright Ian Grant 2009

Several NEC microwave radio indoor units

A view of several NEC microwave radio indoor units at one of Orange's transport nodes (TN). Each indoor unit and the other associated hardware provides connectivity to nearby Orange base stations.

 

Orange UK, which is soon to merge with T-Mobile UK, invited Computer Weekly to its network management centre and R&D lab in Bristol.

The centre manages three main networks: the actual mobile telephony network, the firm's internal IT network, and the extranet that links Orange to its national network of retail outlets.

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