1G
1985

Cellnet & Racal Vodafone awarded 1st generation licenses.

1986

Wilkinson Helsby Partnership founded by Gary Helsby & Alan Wilkinson in Epsom providing design & structural services to cellnet.

1987
1988
1989

Mercury, One2One & Orange enter the market by award of 2G Licenses.

1990
2G
1991

In the Late 80's and early 90's WHP were involved in the rollout of 2G networks primarily from a design & management perspective.

WHP Projects Ltd is formed carrying out acquisition & construction services. A new office is opened in Warrington.

1998
3G

Paul Hullah joins WHP and sets up Wakefield office ahead of the 3G rollout.

2000

3G licenses awarded to H3g, Vodafone, One2One & Orange at a cost of £22.5bn.

Rob Potter joins WHP as Head of Finance.

2002

Martyn Cheyne joins WHP as Head of Property and Acquisition. Founder Alan Wilkinson retires and the Partnership is consolidated into WHP Projects.

2004

MBNL established 50/50 JV between T-Mobile & H3g.

Cornerstone established site share vehicle for Vodafone & O2.

2007

As the 3G network nears completion an MBO is undertaken and founder Gary Helsby retires.

2008
2009

WHP commences growth strategy winning work with all the major UK players. Turnover reaches £10m and 100 staff.

2010

Merger of Orange & T-Mobile.

CTIL established 50/50 JV Vodafone & Telefonica.

2012
4G
2013

4G Licenses awarded to EE, H3g, Telefonica, Vodafone & BT.

Backed by Key Capital Partners in 2013 the business grows to over £30 turnover and more than 250 staff as 4G rollouts commence with all operators.

2015

Growth strategy continues with Palatine Private Equity replacing Key Capital, and Paragon Telecoms is acquired. The business rebrands as WHP Telecoms Ltd, turnover tops £60m and the company employs more than 400 people.

License variation to achieve 90% geographic coverage for voice calls by 2017.

2018
5G

WHP celebrates 30 years in business.

With 5G on the horizon, a new head office and backing from Equistone Partners Europe, the company looks forward to an exciting future helping our customers transform the UK's digital landscape.