Three’s on the Way to 5G


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Following trials with customers in London, Three UK announced it will launch 5G in August with a 5G home broadband service in London. The carrier will then launch both mobile and home broadband offerings in 25 towns and cities across the UK before the end of the year.

Network improvements are being carried out across the busiest areas of the UK, including London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, as part of Three’s £2bn (US $2.54B) 5G infrastructure investment commitment which includes a new 5G-ready world first cloud core network provided by Nokia.

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three, said: “We have the UK’s best network for data and we have led the market on customer usage on both 3G and 4G technologies. We have worked hard over a long period of time to be able to offer the best end-to-end 5G experience. 5G is a game changer for Three, and of course I am excited that we will be the only operator in the UK who can offer true 5G.” 

Dyson claims Three has more than twice as much 5G spectrum as its closest competitor and the only operator who can offer a, “true 5G experience” which requires 100 MHz of 5G spectrum, as set out by the ITU, the global standards body on 5G technology. He said its investment in high capacity smart antennas, will help at launch to deliver peak mobile speeds that Dyson says will be at least 2x faster than other mobile network operators.

Dsyon said this in anticipation of future growth, as UK consumers are expected to use 13 times more mobile data in 2025 than today. Over the next three years, Three’s 5G rollout plans will continue to ramp up to cover 80 percent of its network traffic. The network investment program also includes upgrades within Three’s 4G network, expected to deliver up to 400 percent improvements in speed and capacity. This will be achieved through deploying more 4G spectrum, converting 3G spectrum to 4G and using advanced antenna technology.

June 12, 2019

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