LONDON Crown Castle U.K., a provider of infrastructure to mobile telecommunications operators is changing its name to National Grid Wireless. The move follows the acquisition of Crown Castle UK in September last year by National Grid Transco which was renamed National Grid, in July 2005.
Steven Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of National Grid Wireless, said, “The opportunities for National Grid Wireless are very exciting, now we are operating our business under a consistent, unified identity. We are also continuing the development of the wireless infrastructure needed to meet the growing demand for 3G services and the UK wide rollout of the digital terrestrial television network.”
National Grid Wireless is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Grid and is a leading independent provider of infrastructure to the mobile telecommunications operators in the UK, with a portfolio of 14,500 sites throughout the U.K.
It is one of two UK providers of terrestrial infrastructure for the transmission of analogue and digital television and radio broadcasts in the UK and as such achieves a 98% population coverage. It owns two of the six digital terrestrial television licences and provides infrastructure services to all the Freeview channels and the BBC and BSkyB.