Three has announced plans for a number of major network upgrades to add low frequency spectrum to its existing network and introduce Voice over LTE.
Three will look to operate on 800MHZ spectrum which was acquired during the 2012 4G auction. The network says it will aim to increase its footprint coverage by utilising a low frequency spectrum that will improve coverage indoors.
Upgrading the 4G network will allow Three to introduce VoLTE technology to enable voice services to run on 4G as well as 3G networks. The network plans to rolls this feature out to 1m customers this year, stating it will allow them to ‘make and receive calls in places they have never been able to before’.
Bryn Jones, chief technical officer, said: ‘Our aim is to keep our customers connected wherever they are. Adding low frequency spectrum to our network and enabling voice calls over 4G and Wi-Fi, will mean Three customers can stay connected in more places.’
Three’s announcement that over a million customers have activated WiFi-enabled calls texts through their Three InTouch app comes as EE enable WiFi calling across two new own-brand handsets. Unlike InTouch, EE’s offering is based on a hardware enabled IP based multimedia subsystem framework.
Danny Dixon, Three’s director of customer strategy, added: ‘Seamless connectivity on mobile and WiFi is a key part of our future strategic direction.’