2/29/2012 12:13:46 PM
Three to launch '4G' service this summer
Three will begin rolling out a new high-speed HSPA+ 41Mbps service this summer.
It is calling the service as 4G, referring to T-Mobile's description of the same speed in the US, but it is stressing it will not be a Long Term Evolution 4G service. It said the service will provide more consistent speeds in busy areas and at peak times.
The operator is currently running a small test along the M3 corridor and in south west London. In a blog posting, Three said: 'HSPA+ "4G” will deliver huge benefits for our customers. The obvious one is speed, with massive improvements in both download and upload speed. Because the technology uses dual carrier equipment – meaning it can latch onto two signals at the same time and transmit and receive double the data – it will also improve capacity across the network too.'
The network added it will be running its own LTE test in the coming months ahead of the spectrum auction taking place later this year.
Editor: Graeme Neill