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Three UK to Boost 4G Mobile Broadband Speeds by 50 Percent

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 (1:48 pm) - Score 1,152

Mobile operator Three UK has announced that their 4G (LTE) based Mobile Broadband speeds are now being boosted by up to 50% across the United Kingdom.

The extra performance is coming as a result of the additional 5MHz that has just been added to the operators existing 1800MHz spectrum band. The new capacity has already been made available to their sites in Northern England, the West Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Deployments are on-going and should eventually reach the rest of the UK.

Bryn Jones, CTO of 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.

Apparently the operator’s data network carried 42% of all UK mobile data traffic in the year-ending March 2015 and the average data usage per customer reached 4.65GB (GigaBytes) per month in June 2015.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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12 Responses
  1. Gary Hough says:

    I haven’t noticed any difference in the Northwest to date on my Three 4g enabled iPhone.

  2. Gareth says:

    According to their site, we should have good 4G coverage, but we don’t get any indoors or out, so I won’t hold out for extra speed! 🙂

  3. Matt says:

    It’s a shame that most won’t experience this with Three deciding make 800MHz there main LTE band going forward.

  4. charlie1984 says:

    I was near Leicester last weekend and done a speedtest and got 73.46Mbps down and 27.61Mbps up (screen shot to prove), which is the fastest i have ever seen Three 4G. Well done Three 🙂

    1. JamesM says:

      This is why we keep having outages I am told. It’s crap and EE kicks their arse every time I compare them together

  5. Kev says:

    We were promised 4G by the end of 2014 – perhaps we just aren’t profitable enough? 😐

  6. Colin says:

    Three’s 4G for the most part offers no better speeds than their coverage offered via HSDPA, I consistently achieve around 7mb download and around 2mb upload on both 4G and H+, I have tried multiple different LTE handsets and have the same results. This only changes when I visit a very large town or city when 4G perfoms as you would expect, any location outside of these areas and 4G is just a badge, much like the Dual Channel double speeds they claimed they offered on HSDPA with compatible handsets, didn’t exist and no one at Three ever answered the question.

    1. DTMark says:

      Same is true here, we can get Three 4G and the performance is no better than Three 3G.

      The selling buzzword of 4G doesn’t mean very much if the backhaul isn’t up to it.

  7. TTT says:

    Oh good, perhaps I’ll now get 3Mbps stead of 2Mbps in the City of London….

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  9. zebrum says:

    Today on Three 4G: 68Mbps download at Ibrox in Glasgow, then 49Mbps second test. Upload 30Mbps.

  10. Chris wilson says:

    I generally get 25mb in my house from 3 and this is on a weak signal so I find three excellent.

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