Three will roll out additional spectrum to boost 4G speeds by 50%, the network has claimed.
Three will switch on its 1800MHz spectrum across the UK in response to an increase in data usage, with the additional spectrum expected to help improve connectivity in congested areas. The network explained the roll out is part of plans to improve reliability across the network as average data usage per customer per month hit 4.65GB this year.
The announcement follows the launch of 4G Super-Voice on Three last month, which uses a low frequency 800MHz spectrum to enable mobile signal to travel further into buildings and throughout rural areas. At the time, Three claimed this new technology would help remove many of the coverage blackspots across the UK, allowing customers to make calls, texts and get online in places that previously had poor or no signal.
Bryn Jones, CTO at Three, said: ‘Many of our 4G customers will already be enjoying a faster, more reliable experience at no extra cost. Our network processes a huge amount of data and we will continue to work hard on providing them with a service that delivers the reliability and speed that they need.’
The additional spectrum has already been switched on at sites in Northern England, the West Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland. London and the rest of the UK are expected to benefit from the 4G boost once the rollout has been completed.