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Three UK’s 800MHz Roll-out Boosts Indoor 4G Mobile Coverage to 92%

Saturday, August 13th, 2016 (8:33 am) - Score 3,654

Three UK has announced that indoor mobile coverage on their 4G (LTE) network has increased from 80% in June 2013 to 92% now, which is largely thanks to the boost from their on-going roll-out of the lower frequency 800MHz band. Elsewhere 42 new roaming destinations have also been added.

So far the 800MHz band, which is helping to support their new Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service called SuperVoice, has only been rolled out to 13% of Three UK’s network and they anticipate that indoor coverage should reach 95% by the end of 2016 as the deployment continues, which the operator claims will benefit a further 4 million people.

In addition, Three UK’s annual update said that their customers are now using 5.4GB (GigaBytes) of Mobile Broadband data a month on average and that’s up from around 3.4GB last year.

Dave Dyson, Three UK’s CEO, said:

“I am proud that our customers are more willing to recommend us than those of any other operator and we will continue to build a modern mobile business that delivers what today’s customers need. I want to continue to lead the industry on mobile data usage and network reliability and my immediate focus is securing more spectrum which will allow us to gain further scale and become a stronger influence on the industry.”

On top of that Three UK also announced that their customers will be able to enjoy roaming at no extra cost in 42 countries from September 2016, with the addition of 24 new destinations to their related Feel At Home service. This will include popular destinations like Germany, Greece and Poland.

Existing ‘Feel At Home’ Countries:

Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Macau, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United States.

New ‘Feel At Home’ Countries:

Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

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6 Responses
  1. TWKND says:

    Would be nice if they actually opened it up to all customers and their MVNOs…

  2. Jooles says:

    4G 800MHz is on the lowest priority on their network and only works with compatible handsets or those a compatible handset that will work with Three In Touch app (there aren’t that many). The low network priority is an important caveat that the marketing blurb or the article itself does not question. Three only have 5MHz bandwidth on 800Mz and it could easily get overloaded. So to stop people using it it will connect to 4G 1800MHz or 3G 2100MHz long before it will go on 4G 800MHz. Plus restricting the amount of handsets that can use it helps. My experience of 4G 800MHz is that it very rarely connects to it and prefers a weak 3G 2100MHz signal or even no signal. So even if you are in a coverage area you are unlikely to see any benefit what so ever. Plus that before we even talk about Voice Over LTE. Don’t believe the hype!

    1. TWKND says:

      If I were Three, I would bet big in the 2.3/3.5GHz auction and secure themselves a good chunk of that high capacity spectrum, then begin rolling out carrier aggregation and LTE-A technology to urban areas.

      At the same time they should continue building out their 800MHz (and 700MHz in the future) rural coverage to replicate and expand upon their existing 3G footprint before they turn that off and can reclaim that spectrum like Vodafone have done already.

  3. TTT says:

    No indoor coverage on Hounsditch, City of London. That’s for sure…

  4. Phil Coates says:

    No OUTDOOR coverage in rural Staffordshire either.

  5. nick says:

    Whatever happened to the rollout dates three used to publish.I recollect they said 97% would be connected to 4g by end of 2015 but they didnt and now its gone out of view.

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