Radio Design’s award is for an outstanding innovation with demonstrated commercial success over at least 2 years. The Universal Combiner Unit (UCU) allows cellular operating companies to share common antenna infrastructure. It enables a dramatic reduction in operating costs and significantly reduces the environmental impact of cellular radio networks.
The product was originally supplied to Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL) in the UK to allow sharing of the T-Mobile UK (now Everything Everywhere) & Three networks. MBNL manages and delivers the combined radio access networks for Three and Everything Everywhere.
The UCU has been instrumental in the cost effective implementation of Europe's most extensive high-speed packet access (HSPA) network. Graham Payne, MD of MBNL said; “Radio Design has been an excellent company to work with. The UCU provided a significant network performance and quality improvement with Radio Design able to ramp up production to meet our very aggressive programme.”
Radio Design MD, Eric Hawthorn, said: “our team are honoured and proud to have received this award which recognises engineering excellence and the hard work required to turn this into a commercial success. The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are an internationally recognised symbol of excellence which will greatly assist with the promotion of our business at home and abroad.”
Notes for Editors:
Radio Design Ltd manufactures specialised radio frequency filter products for the wireless communications industry. Headquarters, R&D and manufacturing are in Shipley, West Yorkshire UK and subsidiary operations are in Oulu, Finland (Radio Design Oy) and Gurgaon, India (Radio Design India Pvt Ltd). Radio Design employees over 100 staff and supplies filter combiners into the world’s largest shared cellular networks. Our customers include major international cellular operating companies, network management companies and cellular equipment OEMs. Our products are installed in networks worldwide including; UK, France, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Hong Kong and India. Radio Design Ltd is registered in Scotland, company number SC328828.
MBNL achieved its goal of delivering 12,000 consolidated sites in October 2010 as confirmed in the press release issued on Friday 12th Nov 2010.
Contact: Eric Hawthorn, Managing Director
Tel: +44 7785 737277
Radio Design Ltd,
Shipley Wharf, Wharf Street,
Shipley, West Yorkshire,