Three CEO Dave Dyson has used the network’s latest financial results to once again lobby for more spectrum.
Dyson said that boosting capacity would be crucial for the brand to continue to lead the industry on mobile data and reliability.
‘I want to continue to lead the industry on mobile data usage and network reliability,’ the network boss said. ‘My immediate focus is securing more spectrum which will allow us to gain further scale and become a stronger influence on the industry.
Dyson long been vocal on the subject of spectrum, saying earlier this year that increasing capacity would be crucial for Three to remain the market’s maverick.
He has also publically called on Ofcom to do more to protect the smaller network in the next spectrum auction from its larger rivals, particularly BT/EE. Three has previously expressed fears that the newly combined entity will have the financial muscle to outbid others.
‘BT/EE now controls almost half of the vital airwaves that are used to provide a mobile phone service,’ a network spokesperson said earlier this year. ‘Ofcom's next big decision is the upcoming auction of 2.3GHz/3.4GHz spectrum and we urge the regulator to put consumers first and prevent BT increasing its holdings at the expense of a competitive mobile market.’
The network’s financials results for the first six months of 2016 showed that earnings before tax grew to £231m. Capital expenditure increased year on year by 9% as Three ramped up investment back into the network. Customer adds hit 191,000 but average margin per user decreased by 1% over the period, falling to £12.81.
The network used its results to also announce the expansion of its Feel at Home roaming, which will now be available across an additional 24 countries, this is on top of the 18 countries already part of the service.